THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
I can not remember a time, even in early childhood, when
the tear of God was not in my heart. I was taught to pray
when old enough to talk. I prayed off and on— mostly off— for
years before I was saved. I knew about God and about Jesus
Christ, but I did not know them. I had enough religion to
bring me to tears now and then because of my sins, and often
ashamed of myself, I would fall to my knees crying; and seemed
at times to get some relief by confessing my sins to God, But I
never found peace until I found Christ and His wonderful salva-
tion. I left my home city in the South to go to a little saw-mill
town in Louisiana where I was engaged in a clerical position.
In that camp in the early part of 1900 I sat at noon in
the hotel, waiting for dinner. As I looked at my watch sev-
eral times, growing impatient for the dinner-bell, the lady in
charge walked over to me with an open book and said, "in-
terest yourself for a while while you are waiting." The Book
was the Bible, opened at the Book of Daniel* I read with great
interest the story of the three Hebrew children in the "fiery
furnace. The next day I continued the story of Daniel in the
lion's den. When I remarked to the lady that the stories were
quite interesting, she said, "Why not come up to the Sunday
School, where we are studying the Book of Daniel?" I con-
sented t to go and will never forget the old faithful servant of
God who had walked thirty-six miles more than once to be
there for his Sunday appointment. He had a long white beard,
a penetrating look, a saintly expression. He spoke with author-
ity, earnestly and convincingly. Conviction came to my soul.
I was introduced to a young lady, with whom I walked home.
She told me the story of Jesus, but more than her story, it
was the testimony of her beautiful Christ-like life that influ-
enced me. She did not tell me a hundred different things that
I would have to give up to become a Christian, imt she told
me that nineteen hundred years ago Jesus Christ gave up
something; that He gave up the ghost, and cried, "It is
finished"; that He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Nor did I give up any of my sinful habits to become a Chris-
tian. One night — at midnight — -within a week after my visit '
to that Sunday School, as I was lying on my bed reading the
Bible I came to the story of Calvary, where they crucified the
Lord Jesus Christ. Out of bed onto my knees I surrendered my
will to that wonderful Saviour, and 'that night I passed out
of death into life; becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus.
Old things passed away and all things became new. My sinful
habits left me. Such a transformation took place in my life.
I started life anew, with new hopes and ambitions, new likes
and dislikes. I became a Christian in a moment in the twin-
kling of an eye, when I said "yes" to the Saviour.
I have spent the past thirty -five years with this young
lady who is the mother of our six children, and the Lord Jesus
Christ has been to us a Friend that sticketh closer than a
brother. He has never disappointed us. I know I have often
disappointed Him. But He has always proven faithful, a
Helper in every time of need, in prosperity and adversity, in
business and in our home, I have found the Lord Jesus Christ
the solution of all of my problems. He was especially precious
when we had to give up a bright little twenty-months babe.
He is a real Saviour, who never leaves nor forsakes His own.
During my seventeen years of business-life, before I en-
tered into the ministry, I found that my greatest asset in
business was Christian character, and if I had the time, I
could recite to you so many instances where Christian char-
acter was responsible for business success.
From the day I started on the way by reading that chapter
in Daniel I have been reading my Bible constantly, and surely it
is a most scientific Book in things that pertain to the soul and
eternity, and man's relation to God. "If any man willeth to do
my will, he shall know," said the Lord; and how true it is.
I have today no more doubt about the truthfulness of the
Bible and the eternal realities of Christianity than I have about
the existence of the sun. Surely the Bible is the very word of the
true and living God. My first favorite verse was Galatians 6:14,
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our
Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and
I unto the world."
So often have I longed to have some little booklet to hand
to one who has confessed the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and
started on this New Way. I do not know why I have delayed
until this late date to try to prepare such a booklet. But at last
I have determined to undertake it, no matter how imperfect it
may be. For the want of something better I am making this
effort, so that I can put into the hands of the new convert some
simple instructions that will help him in the new life.
Truly, next to the joy of experiencing for ourselves the
new birth, there .is no joy in all this world comparable with
the joy of leading a sinner to Christ where he can find eternal
life in this almighty Saviour; and then we do want to put
something in his hand to guide him. He has the Holy Spirit,
the true Teacher, in his heart; and the Bible, his lamp and
guide, in his hand, but God expects older Christians to help
the new ones on their start, and hence this effort.
t M ?£ * h , is ! ittle booklet be used to the glory of our Lord
Jesus Christ who was rich and for our sakes became poor that
we through His poverty might be rich.
PASTOR J. C. O'HAIB,
1011 Wilson Avenue,
June 1, 1936.
"I lay down my life that I may take it again."
Our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath
abolished Death, and hath brought Life
and incorruptibility to light through
II Timothy lr9 and 10.
"I have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I
live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me."
His Charter and Constitution
His Creation and Creed
His Captain and Custodian
His Capital and Credentials
His Career and Conduct
His Company and Communion
His Conflict and Conquest
His Course and Culmination
HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
Are you a Christian? If your answer to this question
is, "yes," then you should be ready to give a reason of
the hope that is in you.
"And be ready always to give an answer to every
man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear." 1 Peter 3:15.
In other words, how do you know that you are a
Christian and how did you become a Christian? It is one
thing to try to live a Christian life, or behave like a Chris-
tian; it is another thing to become a Christian. No one
has ever become a, Christian by trying to live a Christian
life. Every Christian should be able to say, "The life
which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son
of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. ' But he
must first take the step that makes him a Christian be-
fore he can begin to live the life, or allow Christ to live
His life in him.
Every Christian should be a workman for God ; but no
one can be a workman for God until that one is first the
workmanship of God. We must be worked upon by God
before God will permit us to work for Him. We can
work out our own salvation with fear and trembling,
because it is God that worketh in us both to will and
to do of His own good pleasure. Philippians 2:13.
There arejiot^many ways to become a Christian;
there is just one way. A sinner may become a Christian
in one day, in one 'hour, yea in a very few moments.
Before the individual takes the final and decisive step
that causes him to become a Christian, there may have
been many influences and contributing causes, such as
the prayers of God's people, some good sermons, Bible
readings, Church attendance, serious and thoughtful
meditation; but becoming a Christian is as definite an
act as becoming a husband or wife.
Because of the confusion of this day when man]
people do not know the difference between a sentimental
religion and eternal life, let us put the question in
different words :
"Have you received from God the gift of eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord*"
"Have you been born from above! 7 '
"Are you saved?"
"Are you a child of God!"
"Are you a saint?"
"Is your name written in Heaven?'
"If any man he in Christ Jesus, he is a new crea-
ture." Are you?
Some time ago at the close of my gospel message
there came forward a lady who was very much con-
cerned about her relation to God, There was much doubt
in her mind and more distress in her soul. I said, "Are
you a Christian?" She replied, ""Well, I'm a member of
the Presbyterian Church, and have been for some years;
but I'm no saint,"
I said, "Lady, if you are not a saint, then you are
a poor lost sinner," "But," said she, "I'm trying hard
to live a Christian life; what else can I do?" I said to
her, "You can never become a Christian by trying to do;
You can be saved only by trusting in something that
some One else has done." "Perhaps," said I, "you are
a saint, and do not know it, but if you are, it is not
because of anything or everything you have ever done,
or ever will do; it is because you are a sinner saved by
the grace of God on the basis of the shed blood of the
Lord Jesus Christ, the sinner's Saviour; because of the
value of His work on Calvary's cross,"
It seems at times an impossible task to make people
understand that sinners become Christians — or saints—
not by working ; but by believing. The Bible very clearly
teaches that Christianity is both a creed and a life; that
the creed must not only precede the life, but the life is
ever because of the creed. Multitudes are deceived by
the religious leaders of this day who tell their deluded
followers that it makes very little difference what they
believe; the thing that counts with God is what they
do. But remember the Lord Jesus Christ said, "If ye
believe not that I am, ye shall die in your sins." John 8 :
24.' "With the heart, man believeth. unto righteousness.'
Romans 10:10. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and
thou shalt be saved. ' ' Acts 16 :31. Never can a man be-
come a Christian except by believing the record that
God hath given concerning His Son. Every sinner ^ must
believe the same thing in order to become a Christian.
Let us carefully examine these words:
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves; It is the gift of God; Not of works
lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8 and 9.
1. By Grace. 2. Through Faith. 3. Not of your-
selves. 4. The Gift of God. 5. Not of Works.
1 — "BjuJ3xa.ce" suggests that the sinner does not
receive what he deserves when he receives from God
the gift of eternal life or salvation.
2 — "Through Faith" means that God gives the
salvation to believers.
3 — ."Not .of yourselves" teaches very clearly that
salvation is not of yourself. Yourself, saved or unsaved,
has no inherent righteousness to offer to God, and no
flesh can ever glory in God's presence. Man is by nature
everything that he ought not to be and cannot please
God. Therefore, "They that are in the flesh cannot
please God," Romans 8:8. Nothing good in the flesh,
Romans 7:18, t
4, — " The gift of God" means exactly what it says,
God gives life to the sinner on the condition that the
sinner will receive it as a free gift. If the sinner in any
way earns it, or helps to pay for it, it is not a gift.
5 — "Not of works" means that no sinner was ever
saved by God by doing good deeds or living a good re-
ligious life, or by anything he did or could do for Him,
No man is good enough to be saved apart from the grace
of God* But thank God! no man is so bad that God's
grace is not sufficient for his salvation. " "Where sin
abounded, grace did much more abound."
To be sure, all saved people should be faithful in
their service for God. But no one was ever saved by
God's children are called into a Heavenly calling, a
Holy calling^ a High calling. They are called to Salva-
tion, Separation and Service— and in the order men-
tioned, not saved by serving, but saved to serve.
It requires the same grace of God to save the self-
righteous, religious Church-member and the murderer
ready for the gallows. There are some of the former
class who profess to be disciples of Jesus because thej
are trying to live up to His moral philosophy. They
speak in very complimentary terms concerning the Mas-
ter. But they have never been saved. Because they have
never believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, as their Sin-
bearer. They refuse to confess themselves as ruined
sinners apart from the grace of God, They are unwilling
to say with Peter, "Depart from me for I am a sinful
man'', or with the publican "God be merciful unto me
a sinner", or with Paul, "Sinners of whom T am chief. ??
It is one thing to be moral and religious; it is an
entirely different thing to be born again. The same dif-
ference as between Saul of Tarsus and Paul the Apostle.
Paul was not saved by trying to practice the ethics of
Jesus, nor by keeping the ten commandments, nor by
trying to be moral, honest and a good man. Neither can
any one else be saved by any such means.
Remember! "Christ Jesus came into the world to
Christ died for our sins/ 'He appeared once in
the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of
Himself," Hebrews 9:26.
To be saved is to be saved by a Saviour, bv The
Saviour. "Neither is there salvation in any other/ . . .
Acts 4:12. The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of
the world. Can you truthfully say with assurance and
certainty, "Christ is my Saviour": Christ liveth in me?'
The manhood of Jesus Christ the Righteous, with
His moral philosophy, is an ideal to which no human
being has ever attained. If we have to live like Jesus
Christ lived before God will accept us, we certainly are
without hope. There is no good news in such a proposi-
tion.' There are thousands and hundreds of thousands
who are singing the song of redemption; because Jesus
Christ died for the ungodly. Sinners are redeemed by
the precious shed blood of this Lamb without spot or
"Who Himself bare our sins in His own body on
"Jesus, that He might sanctify the people with His
own blood suffered without the gate. Hebrews 13 :12.
Thus we see it is because Jesus died on Calvary's
cross that believing sinners are sanctified, "We are
sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus
Christ once for all." Hebrews 10:10. Every believer
thus sanctified immediately becomes a saint; for a saint
is one who has been sanctified through the offering of
Christ on the cross. There is a very definite onee-for-all
sanctifying when the Holy Spirit first applies the pre-
cious blood of Christ to his sinful soul. Hebrews 10 :10
The same Holy Spirit who makes us saints of God
by applying the precioug blood of the slain Lamb, at
the same time makes us children of God by faith in
Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26. He likewise enables us to
walk as becometh saints after we are saved. "But as
many as received Him to them gave He the right to
become the sons of God." John 1:12.
God's message of grace to the sinner is also stated
in these words. "If thou shalt confess with thy month
Jesus is Lord and believe in thine heart that God hath
raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved, Romans
Thus we learn that the sinner must believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ, must believe that God hath raised
Him from the dead, must receive Him, and confess Him,
in order to be saved. With this salvation comes the new
birth, at which time the believer is called, "a new-born
babe/ 7 and is instructed to desire the sincere milk of the
Word that he may grow thereby, 1 Peter 2:2. Every new-
born babe should grow; but he must be born before he
can grow. "God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus
unto good works.' 7 Ephesians 2:9 and 10.
" Happy is the man to whom the Lord will not im-
pute sin." Romans 4:8. If you are a sinner saved by
grace, you are the happy man spoken of. If your sins
have been charged to Christ and nailed to His cross
God will not charge them to you. You are a free man,
because a most worthy Substitute took your place and
bare your sins in His own body on the tree. Your stand-
ing before God is perfect, if you are in Christ Jesus.
Before God can find fault with your standing, He would
have to find fault with His Son, and this is impossible.
You are accepted in the Beloved. You are complete in
Him, Your state is far from perfect and while it is
your duty to so live that you can say with Paul, "I am
what I am by the Grace of God/' and also, "His
grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain/
(1 Corinthians 15:10) yet you are not saved because of
the life you live. You live because you are saved.
God is not only a just and righteous God, but He
is a long-suffering and gracious Saviour, not willing that
any should perish. He is an Almighty God ? "the God of
all grace," eagerly waiting to bestow His grace upon
any one who with true sorrow for sin and a sincere
desire for salvation, believing that Jesus Christ was de-
livered for our offenses and raised again for our justifi-
cation, will surrender to Him as Saviour. This is the
step necessary to become a Christian.
Now, if you are sure that you have taken this nec-
essary step, here is the good news for you, "By Him all
that believe are justified from all thing's," Acts 13:39.
Do (£ou A believe ? If ^ou> do^o^are justified, re-
deemed, saved and born again. You are a child of God.
Remember you, are not saved because you feel like it;
not because" you understand the plan of salvation; not
by reason. B ut because you .b elieve . How foolish to
depend uponfeelings for salvation! The essential is
faith in God's infallible Word. God cannot lie. Nothing-
more delights the heart of God than to forgive the sinner
who will accept His Divine terms. Hear this wonderful
message, "Christ once suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust," that He might bring us to God. I beg you,
sinner, believe this; and God, for Christ's sake, will
forgive you freely and fully.
The same Saviour who saved you when you were
a sinner can and will surely keep you now that you are
Now your question is not, "What must I do to be
saved?"; but "Now that I am saved, what must I do?'
JESUS SAID:— John 6:47.
''Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that be-
lieveth unto me (Jesus) hath everlasting life.'
THE CHRISTIAN'S SECURITY AND ASSURANCE
Satan causes many unsaved religious people to feel
that they are perfectly safe and that all is well with
their souls ; while on the other hand he brings doubt and
fear into the minds and hearts of many believers who are.
really saved, but who are untaught in the Word of Go4>
Many such believers when asked the direct question,
"Are you a Christian!" or "Are you saved?" reply, t
believe so;" "I think I am;" or "I hope to be saved
when I die."
A young man tarried recently in a meeting to talk
with me. The first question I put to him was, "Are yon
saved!" He replied, "I hope so." I said, "Bo you hope
that Christ died for your sins?" He said, "I know He
did." Then I asked, "Do you hope that you believe on
Him?" He said, "I am sure that I do." I then read to
him these words from the "Word of God:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my
word, and believeth Him that sent me, HATH EVER-
LASTING LIFE, and shall not come unto judgment;
but is passed out of death into life." John 5:24.
"Do you truly believe?" I asked the young man.
' ' I most certainly do, ' ' was his reply. Then said I, ' ' Are
you saved?" He said, "I can only say 'I hope so.'
"But what does the "Word say? Read it for yourself."
"Heareth . . believeth . . hath everlasting life." "Does it
say that if you hear and believe you have the right
to hope that some day you may be saved?' "No," said
he, "hath everlasting life." "Then, said I, "why do you
not believe it and have the assurance?" He said, "I wish
I could." Dear friend, do not dishonor the Lord by
doubting His Holy Word.
Many Christians are being taught by ignorant teach-
ers to do all kinds of things to keep from losing their
salvation. Others depend very largely for their assur-
ance upon their feelings or their faithfulness in service.
The Bible speaks of believers as those:
"Who are kept by the power of God through faith
unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time,
Wherein ye greatly rejoice." I Peter 1:5.
The sinner is saved by the power of God through
faith j and receiving the salvation, he becomes a Chris-
tian. The Christian is kept by the same power; by the
same God ; through the same faith. Let us refer to three
verses in the Epistle to the Romans and emphasize the
expression "much more";
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that
while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. MUCH
MORE then, being now justified by His blood, we shall
be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we
were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death
of His Son, MUCH MORE, being reconciled, we shall be
saved by His life" Chapter 5, verses 8 to 10, also 5:20.
Certainly if God loved us when we were the children
of wrath, when we were His enemies, out in the world
in sin, serving the devil, He will not love us any less, now
that we have become His children. Looking moment by
moment to our Father for grace and strength and guid-
ance, we should walk worthy of the vocation wherewith
we are called. We should seek to please Him in thought,
word and deed; that is, we should act like God's child-
ren should act. But we are His children by faith in
Christ Jesus. By grace are ye saved.
"Being confident of this very thing, that He which
hath begun a good work in you will perform (further
perfect) it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians
A Christian should be confident that the same suffic-
ient grace of the same Almighty Saviour, that saved his
soul, will keep him until the day of redemption. "Be-
loved, now are we the children of God, and it cloth not
yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when
He shall appear, we shall be like Him: for we shall Bee
Him as He is." 1 John 3:2.
Let us always remember that it is the gospel of
Jesus Christ which is the power of God unto salvation
to every one that believeth. When you believed the gospel
of salvation, "Ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of
promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until
the redemption of the purchased possession.' Ephesians
1:13 and 14. And furthermore God clearly states that
this sealing is "unto the day of redemption,' 4:30.
"For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor for-
sake thee." Hebrews 13:5.
Can you not rest, as Paul did, in the gracious prom-
ises of the faithful God? Paul said, "in hope of eternal
life which God, that cannot lie, promised before the
world began." Titus 1:2. Therefore he had always sweet
and blessed assurance.
Paul was willing to rest his soul in the One who
died for him, and who had taken His seat in heaven,
where He ever liveth to make intercession for His saints,
and who is, therefore, "able also to save them to the
uttermost that come unto God, by Him." Hebrews 7:25.
It was this same Christ who declared to His dis-
ciples in the tenth of John, that He was the Good Shep-
herd who would give His life for the sheep. In this
chapter He said: "And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck
them out of my hand. My Father which gave them me
is greater than all ; and no man is able to pluck them out
of my Father's hand." verses 28 and 29. Eternal life is
eternal life. It is not life for a few months, for a few
years. It is life that is forever. And remember Christ
said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth
on me hath everlasting life." John 6:47. When He en-
tered heaven once for all, it was after He had obtained
eternal redemption for us. Hebrews 9 :12. Eternal life
never depends upon our faithfulness in service ; it is the
gift of God to believers. Our desire always should be
to be faithful in service to Him who has done so much
for us, and who said, "If any man serve me, Him will
my Father honor." But at the same time we should say
at all times, "And be found in Him, not having mine
own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which
is through faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of
God, by faith." Philippians 3:9. We are not righteous
in God's sight, because of our righteous acts, but because
of the acts of Jesus Christ the Righteous. We should
live righteously because we are on the way to heaven.
But we are not on the way because we live righteously,
but because we are righteous by faith in the One who
was made sin on the cross of Calvary that we might be
made the righteousness of God in Him. II Corinthians.
5 :%L We are not discounting the value of good works,
but want to impress upon your mind and heart that the
believer is justified without works. Christians should
always maintain good works.
In the twelfth chapter of the Book of Exodus is
recorded the story of the Passover. The children of
Israel were instructed to slay the lamb and sprinkle its
blood above their doors and thus escape the wrath of
God when He came that night in judgment upon all the
firstborn males of Egypt. God said, "When I see the
blood, I will pass over you." "Under the blood' was
the only place of safety that dark night. No one was
safe because he felt all right, or felt safe. How many
thousands of poor deluded sinners there are today on
the road to perdition, to suffer forever the sorrows of
the second death, who feel all right. They are appar-
ently not the least disturbed about their spiritual wel-
fare or their eternal destiny. "There is a way that
seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the
ways of death."
The story has been told of two Hebrew boys, the
firstborn sons, who were delivered that night in Egypt.
Their fathers had been very careful to see that the
blood was placed where God had told them. Therefore,
the two boys were perfectly safe and in no danger of
judgment. But, according to the story, there were two
entirely different scenes in the two homes. The boy in
one home went peacefully to sleep, having absolute con-
fidence in G-od ? s promise and the assurance that he would
rise to see another day. In the other home, the boy
spent a sleepless and restless night and continually had
to be reassured by his father as to the faithfulness of
God and his own security under the blood. When the
morning came he was just as much alive as the other
firstborn, but he was worn in mind and body, and he
was ashamed because of his lack of trust and confidence
in the Almighty Deliverer. Both boys were equally safe,
but they -were by no means equally certain and assured.
So it is with Christians today. Are you not safe, shel-
tered under the precious blood of Christ?
It is dishonoring to God for any true believer to
doubt his salvation; "For ye have not received the spirit
of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the
Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba Father. 5 Rom-
ans 8:15, 'The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our
spirits that we are the children of God/ 7 8:16. And
joint-heirs with Christ. Is it not blessed to be saved for
time and eternity?
Let us remember that " Jesus, having loved His own
which were in the world, He loved them unto the end."
John 13 :1.
Do you doubt that God will hear and answer the
prayer which Christ made for His own: lt Father, I will
that they also, whom Thou , has given me, be with me
where I am ; that they may behold my glory. John 17 :24.
We believe our Saviour. And because we believe
Him, we are going to say with Paul :
"I am persuaded, that neither death nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present,
nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other
creature shall be able to separate us from the love of
God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord," Romans 8:38
If you "have really surrendered to the Son of God
and are trusting in His finished work, if you have thrown
yourself on the grace and mercy of God for your salva-
tion; in other words, if you have committed your way
unto the Lord and you are also trusting in Him, remem-
ber that he will bring it to pass. Do not say, "I think
I am saved/' "I hope I am saved/ 5 "I believe I am
saved. ?? But say, "I know I am saved/' God says so.
"These things have I written unto you that believe
on the name of the Son of God ; that ye may KNOW that
ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name
of the Son of God," 1 John 5:13.
If you know that you believe, then you know that
you are saved. Why? Because God's Word says so.
And, "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the
witness in himself/' 1 John 5:10,
There are other reasons which we shall consider in
subsequent chapters ; but this is quite sufficient for the
present. Now bow and thank God for your assurance.
"Blessed God, we do give thanks: we believe Thy Holy Word:
We praise Thee for Thy wonderous love; for Jesus Christ
Our sins by Him were put away; in death He took our place.
Eternal life is Thy free gift; we have received Thy Grace.
Now in Him we rest secure in Thine own beloved Son
Knowing He will consummate the work He has begun.
By Thy Holy Spirit sealed, unto redemption day,
Our risen Christ as Advocate will weep us all the way."
THE CHRISTIAN AND THE TWO NATURES
When the sinner becomes a Christian, he receives a
new nature from God; he becomes a partaker of the
Divine nature. Because the Christian does not lose his
old sinful nature, he is soon conscious of a warfare
within. ''For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the
Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary one to
the other; so that ye may not do the things that ye
would." Galatians 5:17. Christians have tried all kinds
of religious schemes and joined all kinds of fanatical
movements to get rid of their sinful natures. Many of
them have deceived , themselves — but no one else — into
believing that they have been successful. There are many
who. claim for themselves that they have reached, through
a second work of grace, the state of sinless perfection.
Such a doctrine and position is not only contrary to
Scripture,, but contrary to the experience of any and
every Christian. However, there is victory in Christ for
every fully yielded believer.
The Apostle Paul has well described the believer's
experience in these words, "For I delight in the law of
God after the inward man. But I see another law in my
members, warring against the law of my mind, and
bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is. iii
my members." Romans 7:22 and 23. Notwithstanding
this warfare, he exhorts his fellow-saints in these words:
"Let not sin therefore REIGN in your mortal body, that
ye should obey it in the lusts thereof." Romans 6:12. It
is one thing for sin to dwell in the believer; it is an-
other thing for sin to reign in him. The believer is
urged to be constantly on his guard, to be sober, vigil-
ant, prayerful, yielding himself moment by moment. to
"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take
heed lest he fall," "There hath no temptation taken you
but such as is. common to man; but God is faithful, who
will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able ;
but will with the temptation also make a way of escape,
that ye may be able to bear it." I Corinthians 10:12-13.
This does not mean that the Christian will lose his
salvation, but he can fall into sin, if he does not do that
which he is commanded to do: " Yield yourselves unto
God as those that are alive from the dead, and your
members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Romans 6:13. He is likewise commanded, 'Submit your-
selves unto God. Resist the devil and he will flee from
you." James 4:7. v^
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome
them; because greater is He that is in you, than he that
is in the world." 1 John 4:4. It is because of this great
fact that God instructs us: "Reckon ye also yourselves to
be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through
Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:11. For said Paul, ' 1
can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth
me." Philippians 4:13.
''This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall
not fulfill the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5 :16.
There is victory for the Christian in the Lord, and
this victory comes by walking in the Spirit. All who
thus walk fulfill the righteousness of the law by mani-
festing the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace,
Long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness,
temperance. Against such there is no law. Romans 8 :4.
"And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." 1 John 2:1.
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive our-
selves, and the truth is not in us." I John 1:8. 'If .we
confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John
We shall deal in subsequent chapters with the Chris-
tian's conflict with the world and the devil, but we are
here dealing with an enemy which in this life never
leaves us nor forsakes us, but which will hinder, defeat
and disgrace us unless we keep ever and always yielded
to the Lord and can truly say, "The life which I now
live in the flesh , I live by the faith of the Son of God ?
who loved me and who gave Himself for me/ 7 Galatians
When we are horn of our parents we inherit a
nature of sin which abides with us as long as we abide
on this earth. When we are born of G-od we receive a
Divine nature. We are born from above. With such
Divine power we can put to death the deeds of the flesh.
The old man came to an end at Calvary. Believers died
with Him. But the believer must constantly put off the
old man and put on the new. "That ye put off, concern-
ing the former conversation, the old man .... And that
ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:24.
"LIKEWISE RECKON YE ALSO YOURSELVES TO
BE DEAD INDEED UNTO SIN, BUT ALIVE UNTO
GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
"LET NOT SIN THEREFORE REIGN IN YOUR MOR-
TAL BODY, THAT YE SHOULD OBEY IT IN THE
"NEITHER YIELD YE YOUR MEMBERS AS INSTRU-
MENTS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO SIN: BUT
YIELD YOURSELVES UNTO GOD, AS THOSE THAT
ARE ALIVE FROM THE DEAD, AND YOUR MEM-
BERS AS INSTRUMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO
"FOR SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU:
FOR YE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW, BUT UNDER
THE CHRISTIAN'S WALK AND CONVERSATION
We have learned from the preceding chapters that
the believer's standing before God is perfect, because
Christ, by one offering, hath perfected forever them that
are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14. "He that believeth on the
Son is not condemned." John 3:18.
On the cross of Calvary our Lord Jesus Christ be-
came the propitiation for the sins of the whole world,
and when the sinner, by faith, accepts that work, his
relationship is forever established. The same Lord is
now the believer's Advocate, at God's right hand, to
maintain his fellowship with God. 1 John 2:1 and 2.
There are many Christians who know very little about
true fellowship with God, although they are children of
God. This relationship has been established because of
their faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
They have salvation, but experience very little of the
true joy of salvation.
We have been blessed "with all spiritual blessings
in the heavenlies in Christ." Ephesians 1:3. "He that
spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us
all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all
things?" Romans 8:32.
"All are yours: And we are Christ's and Christ is
God's." 1 Corinthians 3:23.
Through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we have been
"Delivered from the wrath to come" 1 Thessalonians 1 :10
' ' Delivered from th~e^oweT"bT^arkness " Colossians 1 :13
"Delivered from the fear of death" Hebrews 2:15
" Delivered from the Law" Romans 7:6
" Delivered from this present evil age" Galatians 1 -A
Through faith in this same Lord Jesus Christ we
"Partakers of the Divine nature" 2 Peter 1:4
"Partakers of His holiness" Hebrews 12:10
( ' Partakers of His sufferings 1 Peter 4 :13
"Partakers of the heavenly_callin^ Hebrews 3:1
This is because we are partakers of Christ. Hebrews
3:14. Christ is our righteousness, our holiness and our
redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30.
The Christian's spiritual resources are unlimited, but
very few Christians ever learn how to possess^ their pos-
sessions. Beginning as a newborn babe in Christ, the be-
liever is exhorted to add to his faith, virtue ; and to vir-
tue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control, patience;
and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love; and thus to
grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus
Christ. 2 Peter 1 :5 to 7 ; 3 :18.
"That ye might walk wortihy of the Lord unto all
pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increas-
ing in the knowledge of God." Colossians 1:10.
"For now we see through a glass darkly; but then
face to face : now I know in part ; but then shall I know
even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13:12.
Our God would have us abstain from the very ap-
pearance of evil. "Let every one that nameth the name
of Christ depart from iniquity." So that we may be
vessels, sanctified, and meet for the Master's Service.
II Timothy 2:19 to 22. We are called to Salvation,
Christ said: "Occupy till I come." Every Christian
should be constantly occupied with Christ and for
Read about the Lord Jesus, and Mary and Martha
in Luke 10:38 to 42. Martha was occupied for Jesus.
Mary was occupied with Jesus. Christ said, "Mary hath
chosen that good part." Luke 10:42.
THE CHRISTIAN AND PRAYER
"Men ought always to pray, and not to faint."
Christians not only have the privilege of praying to
the Almighty God, who is their Father; but they are
commanded to pray to Him. God's children prosper
spiritually just in the degree they obey this most im-
portant command. So many problems of the Church
could be solved today, if God's people would give them-
selves to prayer. How many defeated Christians there
are, because of the neglect of prayer.
"He that cometh to God must believe that He is,
and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek
Him/' Hebrews 11:6.
"The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and
His ears are open unto their prayers." 1 Peter 3:12.
Is it not wonderful to think that a way has been pro-
vided whereby creatures here on this earth can really
communicate with the Creator, who is all powerful and
all wise; with the great God who is a loving and com-
passionate Father of redeemed sinners, sensitive to all
of their needs? The ears of the reigning God, who is
willing, faithful and able, who has never yet made one
mistake, are open unto the praises and petitions of His
"Pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy
Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righeous man
availeth much." James 5:16.
"We know not what we should pray for as we
ought; but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for
us with groanings which cannot be uttered.' Romans
It is recorded of Jesus, the Son of God, that He went
up into the mountain to pray, that Pie continued all
night in prayer to God. Luke 9:28, Mark 6:46 and
If the holy Son of God needed to pray, how about
poor weak Christians like us? Men ought always to
pray and not to faint.
The members of the early Church gave themselves
continually to prayer. Acts 6:4. Christians are told to
pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5 :7. Pray al-
ways. Colossians 1:3 and Ephesians 6:18. Continuing
instant in prayer. Romans 12:12. Give yourself to
prayer and fasting. 1 Corinthians 7:5. Pray lest ye
enter into temptation, Luke 22:46. Pray for one an-
other. James 5:16. Be ye therefore sober, and watch
unto prayer. 1 Peter 4 :7, In everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be
made known unto God. Philippians 4:6. Night and day
praying. 1 Thessalonians 3:10. Evening and morning,
and at noon will I pray. Psalm 55 :17. Supplications,
prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for
all men, 1 Timothy 2 :1.
"The prayer of the upright is His delight. 7 ' Proverbs
"What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?
And what profit should we have, if we pray unto Him?'
Job 21 :15,
"All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, be-
lieving, ye shall receive." Matthew 21:22.
"THAT YOUR PRAYERS BE NOT HINDERED. "
1 Peter 3:7.
"Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that
ye may consume it upon your lusts/' James 4:3.
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not
hear me." Psalm 66:18.
"When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought
against any that your Father also which is in heaven
may forgive you your trespasses." Mark 11:25.
"Whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we
keep His commandments, and do those things that are
pleasing in His sight." 1 John 3:22.
"■ And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that,
if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth
us." 1 John 5:14.
"If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye
shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.'
John 15 :7.
"Verily, verily, I say unto yon, Whatsoever ye shall
ask the Father in my name, He will give it you." John
16:23 and 14:13.
When Stephen was dying he said, Lord Jesus, re-
ceive my spirit. Acts 7:59. But on the authority of the
Lord Jesus, prayer should be directed to the Father, in
the name of the Son.
May God help us to be faithful in prayer.
We here quote from the Old Testament Scriptures
some examples of answered prayer.
Genesis 20:17 Jonah ■. 2: 1
Numbers 11: 2 Nehemiah 1: 4
1 Samuel 1 :27 Nehemiah 2 : 4
2 Kings 6:17 Ezra - 10: 1
2 Kings -. 19:15 Daniel - 6:11
May God help us to hear afresh the words of the Lord
Jesus Christ as we look all about at the abounding sin
and the powerless churches, "This kind goeth not out
but by prayer and fasting." Matthew 17:21 and 9:29.
THE CHRISTIAN AND THE SCRIPTURES
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a work-
man that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing
the Word of truth. " 2 Timothy 2:15.
"We are His workmanship." Ephesians 2:10.
As we slated in an earlier chapter, we are not ready
to work for God until we are sure that we are first the
workmanship of God, "created in Christ Jesus."
"God hath chosen you unto salvation through belief
of the truth/' 2 Thessalonians 2:13, "Thy Word is
truth." John 17:17, The sinner saved by grace is the
workmanship of God. To be saved by grace is to be
born again, "not of corruptible seed, but of incorrupt-
ible, bv the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for-
7 v 7
There are times when some seem fearful that the
Word of God will be destroyed; btit the Psalmist said:
"Forever, Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven."
Psalm 119 :89, Truly the Word of God liveth and abid-
eth forever. Men and generations may change in their
attitude toward God's Word, but His Word never chang-
es. By this Word of God, we are born again, and be-
come ■jiew-born babes.
"As new-born babes desire the sincere milk of the
Word, that ye may grow thereby ." I Peter 2:2,
Some young Christians, as well as old ones, arc un-
ceasingly active, but growing very little, because they
are not regularly and systematically studying the Word
of God, One of the signs of a healthy Christian is a
real appetite for the Word of God, an appetite satisfied
by constantly feeding upon that Word.
Jeremiah said, "Thy Words were found, and I did
eat them, and Thy Word was unto me the joy and the
rejoicing of my heart." Jeremiah 15:16.
Hundreds of times in the Bible do we find the expres
sion "The Word of the Lord." "God Spake all these
things. " Surely the Word of God is life-giving and
powerful, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents
of the heart, Hebrews 4:12.
The moment doubt creeps into the heart as to the
plenary inspiration of God's Holy Book the moment the
individual begins to question the infallibility, accuracy
or integrity of the Word of God, that moment holy re-
spect for God's absolute authority begins to wane. And
what follows, if faith and obedience are not restored.
< ' Every man did that which was right m His own eyes.
The Psalmist said, "I rejoice at Thy Word, as one
that findeth great spoil. " Psalm 119 :162.
' ' I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than
my necessary food." Job 23:12.
The ignorance of the Word of God among Christians
is appalling. Think of the wonderful privilege that we
have to-day with the complete revealed will .of trod,
bound in one volume, with every help imaginable; and
yet how few Christians are taking advantage ot their
opportunity." As someone has truly said "The Church
today needs more teach and less preach." Careful and
prayerful Bible-students are not easily swept off: of their
feet with false doctrines into Satanic and fanatical cults.
' ' Be not carried about with divers and strange doc-
trines. For it is a good thing that the heart be estab-
lished with grace." Hebrews 13.9.
God's instruction to the saint is, "Try the spirits
whether they are of God; because many false prophets
are gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1. How can
we try them unless we know the Scripture which is
"oiven bv inspiration of God, and is profitable for doc-
trine f orVeproof, for correction, for instruction in right-
eousness ; That the man of God may be perfect through-
ly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16 - 17.
Every Christian should be like those at Berea, who
"were more noble than they at Thessalonica, in that
they received the word with all readiness of mind, and
searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were
SO. A els 17:11.
[£ yon want to be a sower for God, remember, "The
sower soweth the Word." Mark 4:14. "Faith eometh
by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Ro-
mans 10 .47. There is no substitute for the Word of God.
God has not promised to bless our logic and eloquence :
unless they convey to the human heart His own eternal
Words. Nor has He promised to save souls by human
philosophies and schemes. The seed is the Word of God,
'the Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise
unto salvation." 2 Timothy 3:15.
When the Son of God was tempted by the devil He
used the Sword of the Spirit, "It is written." Luke
4:4, 8 and 12. So every Christian in his conflict against
the devil is instructed to use the Sword of the Spirit
which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:17.
Remember then, Christian, you cannot grow spir-
itually ; you cannot defeat Satan ; you cannot please God
and get the greatest joy in your Christian life in service
and victory; you cannot escape heresies; unless you dil-
igently, systematically, and prayerfully study God's holy
'How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste! Yea
sweeter than honey to my mouth!" Psalm 119:103.
So we are born by the Word of God. 1 Peter 1 -23
James 1:18. 1:21. II Thessalonians 2:13.
We grow by the Word of God, 1 Peter 2 :1 and 2.
We are built up by the Word of God. Acts 20:32.
We are separated by the Word of God. John 17:17.
We are clean through the Word of God. John 15 :3.
n . ^ e * re t0 S° everywhere and preach the Word of
God. II Timothy 4 :2 ; Acts 8 A,
"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man
as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the
flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord
endureth forever. And this is the word which by the
gospel is preached unto you." 1 Peter 1:24 and 25.
"FOR EVER, O LORD, THY WORD IS SETTLED IN
HEAVEN." Psalms 119, 89th verse.
"I WILL WORSHIP TOWARD THY HOLY TEMPLE,
AND PRAISE THY NAME FOR THY LOVINGKIND-
NESS AND FOR THY TRUTH: FOR THOU HAST
MAGNIFIED THY WORD ABOVE ALL THY NAME."
Psalms 138, 2nd verse.
"THY WORD IS VERY PURE: THEREFORE THY
SERVANT LOVETH IT." Psalms 119, 140th verse.
"PRINCES HAVE PERSECUTED ME WITHOUT A
CAUSE: BUT MY HEART STANDETH IN AWE OF
THY WORD. I REJOICE AT THY WORD, AS ONE
THAT FINDETH GREAT SPOIL." Psalms 119, 161st
and 162nd verses.
"THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, AND A
LIGHT UNTO MY PATH." Psalms 119, 105th verse.
"THY WORDS WERE FOUND, AND I DID EAT
THEM- AND THY WORD WAS UNTO ME THE JOY
AND REJOICING OF MINE HEART: FOR I AM
CALLED BY THY NAME, O LORD GOD OF HOSTS."
THE CHRISTIAN AND THE FATHER
"For ye are the children of God by faith in Christ
Jesus/' Galatians 3:26,
Only Christians are the children of God, and only
because of faith in Christ Jesus. Children of God.
God is not some impersonal principle, or some un-
known inanimate force. God is a living, personal God.
Some religious people know Him as the Supreme Being,
but His children know Him as the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1 :3, 1 Peter 1 :3 and
2 Corinthians 11 :31.
" Neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son,
and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him. 77 Mat-
thew 11:27. "God is a Spirit. 77 John 4:24. "God is
light 77 1 John 1:5. "God is love. 77 1 John 4:8. "Our
God is a consuming fire. 77 Hebrews 12:29-
This is life eternal that they might know Thee, the
only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent."
This excludes all other gods. The only true God is
known as "The God of Peace/ 7 Hebrews 13:20. "The
God of all Comfort, 77 2 Corinthians 1:3. "The God of
all Grace. 77 1 Peter 5:10. "The Father of Mercies. 7 '
2 Corinthians 1:3. "The Father of Spirits." Hebrews
12:9. "The God of Hope. 77 Romans 15:13.
This same God is known in the Old Testament Scrip-
tures as the "God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.' "The
Lord which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt."
When we receive Christ, we are born of God and
become the children of God. John 1:12 and 13. Then we
belong to the household of God." Ephesians 2:19, "For
which cause He (Christ) is not ashamed to call them
brethren. 77 Hebrews 2:11. Christ said, "Go to my
brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father,
and your Father, and to my God, and your God." John
The Bible is very clear in its teachings that the sinner
has to be born into the family of God. One of the lies of
Satan today is, that all men are the children of God.
They quote" to support this teaching, the experience and
language of the Prodigal Son, "I will arise and go to my
father." Luke 15:18. Also, "For in Him, we live and
move, and have our being; as certain also of your own
poets have said, "For we are also His offspring. 5 Acts
17 :28. To be sure all have their being in God; for there
is no life apart from the living God. But it is one thing
to be born of blood, the will of the flesh and of man ; but
something entirely different and separate to be born of
God. John 1:13. The Prodigal had departed from his
father's house: some saints do thus depart from God's
house. But no unsaved one was ever in God's house.
Through unbelief, Adam departed from God and took
the whole human race with him.
To those religious men who rejected Him, Christ said,
"Ye are of vour father the devil." John 8:44. To an-
other Paul said, "Thou child of the devil." Acts 13:10.
"In this the children of God are manifest, and the
children of the devil. ' ' I John 3 :10. Thus we see there
are two kinds of children in the world, and the cross of
Calvary stands between them.
I was in a city holding a meeting when the preacher
pointed out to me the home of one of his members and
told me the sad story of a wrecked life. A fine young
man had lived in that home with other children since
babyhood. He at last had come to legal age and was told
the story of his life; that the man whom he had always
called his father was not his own father. He brooded
over the story of a long covered disgrace until he became
a physical and moral wreck. What a sad day it will be
when the great multitudes of religious people who are
asserting sonship without experiencing regeneration, will
stand with all their guilt and sin uncovered before the
true and holy God in that awful day of judgment !
Some religious self-righteous sinners are trying to
behave like children of God without having experienced
regeneration, without having received His Divine nature,
the new birth which is the imperative for Divine sonship.
Read Titus 3 :5 to 7.
Remember, it is one thing to be born of human par-
ents within the natural law of procreation; it is another
thing to be born of God by the transforming power of
the Holy Spirit. That which is born of the flesh is flesh.
"Ye must be born again, 'from above/ of the Spirit.'
How? By receiving Christ. John 1:12. He that hath the
Son hath the Father. John 3:1 to 7.
"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the
Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying 'Abba Fa-
ther/ " Galatians 4:6.
"The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirits
that we are the children of God; and if children, then
heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ." Romans
"The Father Himself loveth you, because ye have
mi loved me." John 16:27.
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians these
words, ' ' My God shall supply all of your need according
to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus," (4:19), he was
confirming the statement of Christ, "If ye then, being
evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children,
how much more shall your Father which is in heaven
give good things to them that ask Him." Matthew 7:11.
"Pray to thy Father." Matthew 6:6. This is the in-
struction of the Son, our Saviour. So prayer should be
directed to the Father, through the Son, the Holy Spirit
making intercessions for us. Romans 8:26.
God delights to be addressed as "Almighty God, Our
Heavenly Father, the Creator of the Heavens and the
Earth, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
THE CHRISTIAN AND GOD, THE SON
4 'And He is the Head of the body, the Church; who
is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in
all things He might have the preeminence/' Colossians
We can only touch on the glories of our Lord Jesus
Christ and the eternal relationships between this One
who is called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Ever-
lasting Father, Prince of Peace, and the redeemed sinner
who is already seated with that glorious Saviour in the
heavenlies. Ephesians 2 :6. Isaiah 9 :6.
When we learn that Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
is mentioned by noun and pronoun more than sixty-nine
hundred times in the New Testament Scriptures, we see
the impossible task of trying to describe Him in our
relationships in one short chapter. According to John
21 :25, "even the world itself could not contain the books
that should be written" concerning this One, who is
"The Lord of Glory. 55 1 Corinthians 2:8.
"The Prince of Life/' Acts 8:15..
"The Brightness of God's Glory." Hebrews 1:3.
He was in the form of God. Philippians 2 :6. He
was with God. He was God. John 1:1 and 2. The Father
said, "Let all the angels of Gocl worship Him/' "Unto
the Son He saith, 'Thy throne, God, is forever and
ever/" Hebrews 1:6 and 7. "Christ came, who is over
all, God blessed for ever/ 7 Romans 9:5. "And Thomas
said unto Him (Jesus), My Lord and my God." John
Being' a man he made himself God. John 10:33.
"He is before all things and by Him all things con-
sist." Colossians 1:17. By Jesus Christ, God made the
world and all things. Ephesians 3:9. In Him dwelleth
all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians^2 :9.
All judgment is committed into His hands. John 5:22.
He knows all things. John 21 :17.
God hath appointed Jesus Christ heir of all things.
Hebrews 1:2. Therefore the Son could truthfully say,
"All things that the Father hath are mine." John 16:15.
All of the promises of God are yea and amen in
Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 1:20.
This is the Saviour who was made after the power
of an endless life. Hebrews 7 :16. This is the Lord of
Glory who for sinners was crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:8.
Is it* any wonder He could say, "lam Pie that liveth,
and was dead; and behold I am alive for evermore,
Amen; and have the keys of hell and death? Revela-
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the
ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and
which is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8.
The Scriptures, the Written Word, testify of Jesus
' Christ the living Word. John 5 :39.
This Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church.
Sinners saved by grace are members of that Body. 'And
they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery ; but
I speak concerning Christ and the Church." Ephesians
This Christ is the true vine and sinners saved by
grace are the branches. John 15:1 to 8.
"Our Lord Jesus Christ who died for us, that
whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with
Him." 1 Thessalonians 5:10.
This Christ is the same, yesterday, today and for-
ever. Hebrews 13:8. He is:
"The Shepherd and Bishop of our souls." I Peter 2:25.
"The Author and Finisher of our faith." Hebrews 12:2.
"The Apostle and High Priest of our confession.' He-
brews 3 :1.
This is the Christ who died that "He should gather
together in one the children of God that were scattered
abroad." John 11:52.
"That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He
might gather together in one all things in Christ, both
which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in
Him." Ephesians 1:10.
The believer is in Christ. Romans 8 :1. 2 Corinthians
Christ is in the believer. Galatians 2:20. Colossians
The believer in Christ is accepted in the Beloved;
he is complete in Him; is a new creature in Him and is
free from condemnation in Him. Romans 8 :2. Ephesians
1 :6. Colossians 2 :9. II Corinthians 5 :17.
The believer is a joint-heir with Christ. Romans 8 :17.
If God hath appointed Christ Heir of all things, what
does it mean to be a joint-heir with Him?
"Christ is the believer's one Husband." I and II Corin-
thians 11 :2.
He is our Righteousness." I Corinthians 1:30.
He is our Peace." Ephesians 2:14.
"He is our sanctification or Holiness." I Corinthians 1:30.
"He is our Saviour." Titus 1:4.
" He is our Passover. ' ' I Corinthians 5 :7.
"He is our Redemption." I Corinthians 1:30.
"He is our Hope." I Timothy 1:1.
' ' He is our Life. ' ' Colossians 3 :4.
"He is our Resurrection." John 11:25.
He Himself said, "I am the Resurrection and the
Life." "I am the Bread of Life." "I am the Light of the
World." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." "Be-
fore Abraham was, I am." " He that hath seen me hath
seen the Father."
He is the one Mediator between God and men. I
He is the Good Shepherd ; He is the Great Shepherd ;
He is the Chief Shepherd. John 10. Hebrews 13:20.
I Peter 5 :1 to 3.
Therefore Christians say with the greatest of all
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world m
crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Galatians 6:14.
All of the eternal purposes of God are centered in
that Only Begotten and Well Beloved Son with whom
He was well pleased ; that One who was ever the eternal
bosom-companion of His Father ; and not only so, but
thev are centered in that cross of Calvary where that
Son, obedient unto that cruel death, was made sin, that
we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
We will be singing His praises for all eternity and
will never tire of hearing of His glories. "Worthy is the
Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches and
wisdom and strength, and honour and glory and bless-
ing." Revelation 5:12.
So we are rejoicing in the fact that we are serving
and worshipping a living, resurrected, glorified Saviour,
who is our Advocate at God's right hand, where He ever
liveth to make intercession for those who are saved.
But let us remember that it is one thing to know Him
as the Saviour from the penalty of sin, while it is some-
thing different to daily acknowledge Him as Lord know-
in «• Him with Paul in the fellowship of His sufferings
and in the power of His resurrection. Philippians 3:10.
As disciples of Christ, we are not to be unequally
yoked together with unbelievers. And surely no Chris-
tian can consistently be a member of any fraternal or-
ganization whose members dishonor our Lord or deny
"All men should honor the Son even as they honor
the Father." John 5:23.
Let us never receive the teaching of any man or
woman, that the eternal Christ was the creation of the
eternal Father before the world began. The Christ of
the Bible said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the
Father. " John 14:9. After the order of Melchisedec,
Christ is without father or mother, beginning of days
or end of life. Hebrews 7:3. He was pre-existent, co-
existent with Father and self-existent. He was called
"God" by the Father. Hebrews 1:8. Romans 9:4 to 6.
I John 5:20. Isaiah 9:6. John 1:1 to 3.
"WHO IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD,
THE FIRSTBORN OF EVERY CREATURE:
"FOR BY HIM WERE ALL THINGS CREATED,
THAT ARE IN HEAVEN, AND THAT ARE IN
EARTH, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE, WHETHER
THEY BE THRONES, OR DOMINIONS, OR PRIN-
CIPALITIES, OR POWERS: ALL THINGS WERE
CREATED BY HIM, AND FOR HIM :
"AND HE IS BEFORE ALL THINGS, AND BY
HIM ALL THINGS CONSIST.
"But God forbid that I should glory save in the
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world
is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. ,J
Galatians 6 :14.
THE CHRISTIAN AND GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT
All true Christians believe in three persons in one
God-head, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. As the
little boy said, "Three in One and One in Three, and
the One in the middle died for me."
Christ said, "Baptizing them into the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Mat-
The personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, the
third Person of the Trinity, are clearly set forth in the
Scriptures. Christ said, "And I will pray the Father,
and He shall give you another Comforter (or Paraclete)
John 14:16. This is the same word translated "Advo-
cate." I John 2:2. When Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit,
he lied to God. Acts 5:3 and 4. "And the Holy Spirit
said ..." Acts 13:2. The Holy Spirit Himself maketh
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be
uttered . . ." Romans 8:26.
In the Old Testament Scriptures the Second and
Third Persons of the God-head were latent; in the New
Testament Scriptures they are patent. Christ, beginning
with the Book of Matthew, is patent. The Holy Spirit,
beginning with the Book of the Acts.
As one teacher has said, The Holy Spirit was a visi-
tor in the Old Testament, who came upon the aristoc-
racy; God's servants. But in the New Testament He is.
a resident in the hearts of the democracy as well.
The dispensation of the Holy Spirit was ushered in
after the resurrection of the Son of God. Before the
Son of God went to the cross the Holy Spirit was not
yet given." John 7:39.
When Jesus Christ was here on earth, He made
these three promises:
U I will send the Holy Spirit/' John 16:7.
"I will build my Church." Matthew 16:18.
"I will come again." John 14:3.
We want to give in very brief outline the believer's
relation to the Holy Spirit, to the Church, and to the
Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, all of which
every Christian should know in order to best understand
his position and privilege in Christ and His Church.
G-od is in the Christian. II Corinthians 6 :16. Christ
is in the Christian. Colossians 1 :27. The Holy Spirit is
in the Christian. I Corinthians 6 :19.
Therefore the H.oIs _ Spirit is a Person as truly as is
God, the Father. It is unscriptural for any Christian to
pray for, or to seek for, more of the Holy Spirit. It is
all right to pray that the Holy Spirit may have j npr,e of
the Christian. It is likewise unscriptural to ask (M to
send down the Holy Spirit from heaven. When Christ
was on earth He said, "I came down from heaven." The
Bible says that the Holy Spirit has been sent down from
heaven. I Peter 1 :12. How foolish would John have
been, had he looked up to heaven and prayed for God
to send down from heaven His Son, when John's head
was leaning on His bosom at the time. It is equally
as foolish for a Christian with the Holy Spirit in his
bosom to pray that the Third Person be sent down from
The Holy Spirit bears witness of the resurrection of
Jesus Christ. Acts 5 :32. He is the witness of the believ-
er 's sonship. Romans 8:16. He is the believer's assur-.
ance of his incorruptible inheritance at the Lord's com-
ing. Ephesians 1:14. Therefore he is the witness of the
Lord's return. Ephesians 4:30.
Just as truly as there is one "Father and one Son,
there is one Spirit and one Church. Ephesians 4:4. Just
as truly as there are infidels in the churches preaching
another Jesus, there are fanatics in the churches preach-
ing another spirit. II Corinthians 11 :4.
The world cannot receive the Spirit, John 14:17.
The Spirit convicts the world of sin ? righteousness and
judgment* John 16 :8. If the sinner under conviction
yields to the Sinbearer, he is drawn by the Spirit to the
Son. John 6:44. Then he is born of the Spirit John 3:5.
As no one can work for salvation, which is a free gift
from God, no one can work for the Holy Spirit* We
receive the Holy Spirit by the hearing of faith. Gala-
tians 3 :2. The Holy Spirit is given unto believers. Ro-
mans 5 :5, Therefore we do not have to agonize or go
through physical contortions or have others put hands
on us in order to receive the Holy Spirit.
Notice the three Persons of the Trinity in these
verses: "Now He which established us with you in
Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath sealed
us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts/
II Corinthians 1 :21 and 22. The proof that we are in
Christ, is the Spirit in our hearts. By this Spirit we are
sealed when we believe. Ephesians 1:13. "After that ye
believed/' in this verse is properly translated from the
original, "having believed/' No Christian is ever sealed
because of an interval between the time of believing and
the time of sealing; but every Christian is sealed by the
Holy Spirit, because he believes the gospel of his salva-
tion. Moreover he is sealed unto the day of redemption.
No Christian could possibly have the experience of
the certain disciples whom Paul met in Ephesus. They
had received John's message and baptism, which have
had no place in the church since that time. Acts 19 :1 to
5. Paul's question should be correctly translated, "Hav-
ing believed, received ye the Holy Spirit." 19:2.
The anointing which the believer receives when first
he believes abides in him, I John 2 :'27.
There is one Spirit and one baptism. Ephesians 4 :4.
When the sinner is born into the family of God, by the
work of the Holy Spirit, he is added by the Lord to the
Church of God. Acts 2:47. The work of the Holy Spirit
which puts the believer into the Body, or Church, of
Jesus Christ is called, "Baptized in or by the Holy
Spirit. " I Corinthians 12:13. Any one who has not been
baptized in the Holy Spirit is not saved; but all saved
ones have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. There is
but one baptism, therefore the one and the only Holy
Spirit baptism is when the sinner through regeneration
becomes a saint, or a child of God, and is added to the
Body of Christ.
People who call themselves Christians are doing all
kinds of peculiar things today in an effort to receive
the Holy Spirit baptism. Some are being taught that
believers receive the Holy Spirit with them when saved
by faith in the finished work of God, repentance and
water baptism ; and then they must pray and tarry and
yield for a second work of grace in order to receive the
Holy Spirit in them. Such teaching is contrary to the
Word of God and has wrecked the faith and sanity of
many converted people.
Some of these false teachers often quote the experi-
ence of Peter and the eleven who were saved with
Christ in the days of His flesh, and then were baptized
by the Holy Spirit after His resurrection. Let us re-
member that they were His disciples before His deaths
that is, before the Holy Spirit was given. John 7:39.
They were with Him while Pie was under the Law,
preaching the Kingdom of Heaven message to the lost
sheep of the House of Israel. Galatians 4:4. Matthew 10:
1 to 5. Those disciples had the unique experience of
living, as disciples of Jesus, before His death and resur-
rection in the Old Testament and also after His resur-
rection in the New Testament. As it would be impossible
historically to have such an experience today, it would
likewise be impossible for any believer to have their
experience in receiving the Holy Spirit as an act subse-
quent to regeneration or conversion.
The Christian, who is sealed with the Holy Spirit,
can grieve the Holy Spirit and can quench the Holy
Spirit Ephesians 4:30. I Thesallonians 5:19.
It is the duty of every Christian to walk in the
Spirit. Galatians 5 :16, All Christians are temples of the
Holy Spirit but very few of them are walking in the
Spirit in the degree that they should. "When a Chris-
tian walks in the Spirit he manifests the fruit of the
Spirit, against which there is no law. Galatians 5 :22 and
23. He fulfills the righteousness of the law. Romans 8 A.
All Christians have been baptized by the Holy
Spirit, but how few today are obeying the Word of
God in this command, "Be filled with the Holy Spirit/
Ephesians 5:18. The Christian who has the sweetest fel-
lowship with the Lord, who experiences the greatest joy
of salvation, who serves God with the greatest power,
who triumphs over the world, the flesh and the devil, is
the one who is filled with the Holy Spirit.
The believer is thus filled just in the proportion that
he is yielded to the will and way of the Lord in worship,
prayer, Bible-study, testimony and practical Christian
Tarry-meetings for members of the Body of Christ
to receive the Holy Spirit are unscriptural or rather
undispensationaL Prayer-meetings for more spiritual
power are altogether Scriptural. No believer receives
the Holy Spirit on the installment plan. Believers filled
with the Holy Spirit will exalt Christ.
As the Father sent the Son to testify of Him, to
glorify Him, to speak words from Him and to finish His
Work, so the Son sent the Holy Spirit to testify of Him,
to glorify Him, to speak words from Him and to finish
His work. As the Son said to the Father, John 16 :13
and 14: "I have finished the work which thou gavest
me to do;" so the Holy Spirit shall soon utter these
words to the Son.
During the " Acts " period, the thirty years from
Acts 1:1 to Acts 28:31, there were several baptisms,
"Holy Spirit baptism," in fulfillment of Joel's prophecy,
"water baptism," and "baptism into the death of
Christ. 5 ' Acts 2 :16 to 38. Acts 19 :1 to 7. Romans 6 :3-4.
Joel prophesied concerning the "last days, particularly
concerning* Israel's Kingdom Age. Joel 2:28 to 30 con-
cerning* the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will not be
fulfilled, during this "grace" period. Whatever we may
have in mind when we speak of Holy Spirit baptism,
let us never forget that the anointing* of the Holy Spirit
is a once-f or-all anointing. I John 2 :27 ; that, the sealing,
anointing* and baptism, of, in, or by, the Holy Spirit is
always a past experience with a believer.
' ' BUT THIS SPAKE HE OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH
THEY THAT BELIEVE ON HIM SHOULD RE-
CEIVE : FOR THE HOLY GHOST WAS NOT YET
GIVEN ; BECAUSE THAT JESUS WAS NOT YET
St. John 7 :39.
"What! Know ye not that your body is the temple
of the Holy Spirit, which is in you, which ye have
of God, and ye are NOT YOUR OWN?
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify
God in your body, and in your spirit which are
I Corinthians 6 :19 and 20.
THE CHRISTIAN AND THE CHURCH
"Now ye are the Body of Christ, and members in
particular." I Corinthians 12:27. Read this twelfth chap-
ter and study the relation of the members to Christ and
to one another. "So we, being many, are one body in
Christ, and every one members one of another/' Romans
When the sinner is born of the Spirit, this birth is
something that cannot be seen. Even so when he is by
the same Spirit baptized into the Body of Christ by a
Divine Baptism not made with hands, the transaction is
not with ocular demonstration. This mystical or invis-
ible birth places the believing sinner in the ^invisible
Church. Therefore, the Church is primarily an organism.
Before the individual becomes concerned about joining
a visible organization, he should be sure that he is a
member of that invisible Body of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He may be sure that he is a member of that body, if he
is a temple of the Holy Spirit, indwelt by this one who
is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of
the purchased possession. Ephesians 1:14.
When the sinner comes to Christ, the Lamb of God
which beareth away the sins of the world, and accepts
Him and His great sacrifice, by simple faith, that sin-
ner ? s name is taken out of the books of death and is
written down in heaven, in the book of life. There is a
song we sing, "Is my name written there V 7 Thank God
we can know, and should know, whether or not it is.
It may be written on the church-roll of some denomina-
tional organization on this earth and yet still be on the
books of death. What a pitiful sight, a poor religious
sinner headed for perdition as a church-member. He
may be very respectable, but a respectable sinner. Many
church-members have never experienced the new birth,
but are relying upon their good works and religion to
take them to heaven. Unceasingly active in church-work
The Church of Christ is hot being built upon Peter
or any other man or group of men. "Other foundation
can no man lay than that is laid which is Jesus Christ. '
I Corinthians 3:11. Peter wrote concerning the Stone,
"To whom coming, as unto a living Stone, disallowed of
men, hut chosen of God, and precious.^ Ye also, as living
stones, are built up a spiritual house.' : I Peter 2 :1 to 9.
Christ is called in the sixth verse "A Chief Corner-
"Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner-stone;
in Whom all the building fitly framed together groweth
unto an holy temple in the Lord; in Whom ye also are
builded together for an habitation of God." Ephesians
It is a growing temple, not yet completed. God in
this age is not converting the whole world: He is build-
ing a temple. The stones in this temple are sinners taken
out of the quarry of sin and placed by the Holy Spirit
in the building which is being fitly framed together.
The world can not see this construction work ; they can
see the professing Church with its great political and
ecclestiastical organizations. But alas! in many of these
schemes the Lord has little or no part.
The Apostle Paul declares that this Church, or Body
of Christ, was a mystery, "which in other ages was not
made known unto the sons of men." Ephesians 3:5. Hav-
ing been revealed the Body of Christ should no longer
be a "secret." As Israel and the Kingdom of God were
made known in other ages, neither of them could be the
Body of Christ. There was an Old Testament assembly
or church in the wilderness; but this was not the mys-
tery revealed to Paul. The Church is surely related to
the Kingdom of God, but it is peculiarly the Body of
So long as we take the promises and use the ritual
belonging to Israel, and identify them with the Body of
Christ, we will do violence to the Word of God and
frustrate the grace of God.
The Church is called also "One New Man." Ephes-
ians 2:15. The New Man is made tip of members and
Head* When the last member of the Body has been
added, the Head will come and there will be a real
resurrection union. I Thessalonians 4:13 to 18. But in
the meantime there exists that invisible union of every
believer to that One who is seated at God's right hand.
Already the believer is positionally seated in the heav-
enlies in Christ. Ephesians 2:6.
Read concerning this inseparable and eternal union
. The Kingdom of Heaven for Israel, God's earthly
people, has been temporarily set aside until Christ's
Church is completed. This is His purpose in this age.
Then He will return and build again the tabernacle of
David, etc., and Israel will be restored to God's Divine
favor, and the Kingdom of Heaven message will be sent
out to announce the establishment of the Messianic king-
dom on this earth. Romans 11:25 to 30,
"AND WHAT IS THE EXCEEDING GREATNESS OF
HIS POWER TO US-WARD WHO BELIEVE, ACCORD-
ING TO THE WORKING OF HIS MIGHTY POWER.
"WHICH HE WROUGHT IN CHRIST, WHEN HE RAIS-
ED HIM FROM THE DEAD, AND SET HIM AT HIS
OWN RIGHT HAND IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES,
"FAR ABOVE ALL PRINCIPALITY, AND POWER,
AND MIGHT, AND DOMINION, AND EVERY NAME
THAT IS NAMED, NOT ONLY IN THIS WORLD, BUT
ALSO IN THAT WHICH IS TO COME:
"AND HATH PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET,
AND GAVE HIM TO BE THE HEAD OVER ALL
THINGS TO THE CHURCH.
NO PRIEST BUT JESUS IN THE CHURCH
There are some who claim that Peter was the first
bishop of Borne and made pope of the Church, In the
first place there is no reliable proof that Peter ever saw
the City of Rome. But any one who will read his own
Epistle will be assured that he was never a pope. In
fact, we are certain that he never had any God-given
right of supervision over the Gentile branch of the
Church. Galatians 2:7 and 9. Peter was a minister to
the circumcision. We are sure that he did not bear the
title of the Very Right Reverend Simon Peter, D. D.
Nor did, he preach in clerical robes. There is no Scrip-
tural record that Peter belonged to the order of priests,
the Tribe of Levi, Nor is there one Scriptural record of
any saint or sinner ever confessing his sins to him for
forgiveness. He preached forgiveness by believing on
It was Peter who warned against any leader in the
Church being called a clergyman while others should be
called laymen: "Neither as being lords over God's heri-
tage." I Peter 5:3. "Yea, all of you subject one to an-
other/ 7 Verse 5. Not subject to a cardinal or an arch-
bishop or a pope, all of whom claim to be lords over
God's heritage. But subject one to another. Even as
God said, "Confess your sins one to another, and pray
one for another/' James 5:16. He did not say to mem-
bers of the church confess your sins to L an earthly priest,
for there is no place for any such priest in the Church
of this age. Every Gentile who ever served as a priest
has been out of the will of God. He belongs to a man-
made institution. God knows nothing about Gentile
priests, God's temple priests were Jews, of one tribe
only, Levi. If Christ were here he would not be a priest.
Hebrews 8 A. Because he was of the Tribe of Judah.
Hebrews 7 :I4. "When Jesus Christ died on the cross the
veil in the temple was rent from top to bottom, at which
time the Levitical priest-hood found its typical fulfill-
ment in the High Priest of our confession, Jesus Christ,
who offered Himself, as Priest and Sacrifice on the Altar
of Calvary; thereby opening up the new and living way
and doing away with the old way, which has now no
place whatever in the economy of God. Hebrews 8 :13.
Read Colossians 2:13, and II Corinthians 3:6 to 15.
It was the function of a priest to present man to
God. Only our Lord Jesus Christ can do this acceptably.
When God said that Christ Jesus is the one Mediator
between God and men, He meant just that. I Timothy
2 :5. Christ is now in the true sanctuary, in Heaven itself,
"now to appear in the presence of God for us." He-
brews 9 :24.
It is the function of the New Testament preacher to
present God to man and to recognize but one priest,
Many poor ignorant and deluded people have stumb-
led over these words of Jesus Christ, "Whose soever
sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose
soever sins ye retain, they are retained." John 20:23.
Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven ; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth
shall be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19.
To be sure the Apostles of Jesus Christ held a unique
position in the early Church, as the Spirit-filled mes-
sengers who were not only the custodians of the truth
as given by the mouth of Jesus Christ, the Apostle of
God, but they were to be moved upon by the Holy
Spirit to give additional revelation to the Church. Who
could qualify today as an apostle according to the Word
of God? Acts 1:21 and 22. A successor was chosen to
take the place of Judas when he died. But no successor
was chosen to take the place of James when he died.
Acts 12:2 and 3. So God's program demanded twelve
Apostles from Acts 1 to Acts 11. Then the record con-
cerning the activities of the twelve ceased, and Paul
the Apostle to the Gentiles fills the last half of Acts.
Peter and the eleven represented the Chnrch with
Divine authority. Apostolic succession with transferred
apostolic authority is wholly unseriptural. The pope is
a usurper through the interference of man. The Church
today is the Church of the living God, "the pillar and
ground of the truth.'* I Timothy 3:15. There were pre-
rogatives vested in the first apostles which have no place
in the Church today. Peter certainly did not presume to
forgive or remit sins. lie preached Jesus Christ to Cor-
nelius and said, "Through His name whosoever believ-
eth in Him shall receive remission of sins." Acts 10:43.
Any fifteen year old Christian, black or white, male
or female, can preach this message to any sinner today.
It does not require a priest or a cardinal.
Cornelius wanted to worship Peter, "But Peter took
him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.'
Acts 10 :26.
As the Church of Jesus Christ is the custodian of
the gospel of Jesus Christ, how will the sinner ever
receive the remission of sins except as the Church is
faithful in the proclamation of that saving message?
Only as the Church of God preaches Christ crucified to
a dying world will things be bound and loosed on earth
and in heaven. Kead Romans 10:9 to 17.
It was Peter, who has been misrepresented as a high-
priest, who addressed Christians as "holy priests" and
4 'royal priests." I Peter 2:5 and 9. In Revelation 5:10,
we read of a kingdom of priests.
Satan is responsible for all of the Judaism, ritualism,
and systems of priesthood in Christendom today, in his
most successful effort to obscure the glories of the true
Head of the Church and cover up the wonderful gospel
of grace, which requires no work of priest or bishop to
aid in its efficacy. Every effort to supplement the fin-
ished work of the Lord Jesus Christ simply frustrates the
grace of the God of all grace. We plead with you not
to place any faith in religious rites, religious men and
religious systems. Get your eyes on the Lord Jesus
Christ, who is sufficient without the aid or interference
of any so-called priest, cardinal or bishop. If we were
not in the day of grace God would smite with death
every Roman priest. Numbers 18:7. Their sin of de-
manding that God be approached through their media-
torial work is blasphemous. Eemember we are complete
in Christ, seated with Him and blessed in the heavenlies.
Colossians 2 :10. Ephesians 2 :6.
"ENDEAVORING TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE
SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE.
"THERE IS ONE BODY, AND ONE SPIRIT, EVEN AS
YE ARE CALLED IN ONE HOPE OF YOUR CALLING;
"ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM,
"ONE GOD AND FATHER OF ALL, WHO IS ABOVE
ALL, AND THROUGH ALL, AND IN YOU ALL.
Here is God's own word that there is one and only
one true Bible Church and that that Church is not pri-
marily an oranization of men on earth, but a company of
redeemed sinners raised up and seated with Christ in the
"FOR THIS CAUSE SHALL A MAN LEAVE HIS
FATHER AND MOTHER, AND SHALL BE JOINED
UNTO HIS WIFE, AND THEY TWO SHALL BE ONE
"THIS IS A GREAT MYSTERY; BUT I SPEAK CON-
CERNING CHRIST AND THE CHURCH."
THE ASSEMBLY OF THE SAINTS
It is written of Peter and John, ( ' Being let go, they
went to their own company." Acts 4:23.
It is the desire of our Lord that every saint belong
to a company of saints who gather on the first day of the
week, and as often besides as the Holy Spirit leads them.
' ' Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together
as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another,
and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Hebrews 10 :25.
There are many Christians who run hither and
thither, and are not identified with a regular assembly
of saints, for worship.
On the other hand there are some saved ones who
are gathering under the ministry of shepherds who do
not honor the Lord in their ministry and do not feed the
flock on the Word of God. Truly there is a famine in
the land, a famine for the "Word of God.
God will hold responsible the saint who remains
identified with some denominational organization where
the Word is not preached. Be not a partaker of their
evil deeds. I John 2:7 to 11.
Joining the church organization never helped a
believer's standing with God, and that believer can go
to heaven without joining any organization. But the
spiritual welfare of every Christian demands his identi-
fication with a company of saints gathered in the name
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul in his day wrote desiring, "that there should
be no schism in the Body." I Corinthians 12:25. How it
must grieve our Lord to see his Body divided up into
several hundred sects, with envy, competition, strife,
pride and bitterness.
Jesus Christ said, "By this shall all know that ye
are my disciples, if ye have love one to another/ John
13 :34. Christ did not say for Baptists to love Baptists,
for Methodists to love Methodists. He said that every
member of the Body of Christ should love every other
member, "And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake
hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32. "Bear ye one an-
other's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Gala-
tians 6:2. "We know that we have passed from death
unto life, because we love the brethren." I John 3:11.
"Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly
love; in honour preferring one another." Romans 12:10.
"Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? Till seven times? 77 "Jesus saith unto
him, I say not unto thee, until seven times; but until
seventy times seven." Matthew 18:22.
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication
in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all persever-
ance and supplication for all saints." Ephesians 6:18.
Regardless of denominational affiliation, all truly
born-again sinners will be gathered to the Lord when
He comes in the air and then there will be a United
Church. Some will be ashamed before Him at His com-
ing for their treatment of other saints.
May God enable us to be patient and longsuffering,
gentle and loving with one another without compromise
as to His Divine truth; and may He help us to realize
that "much more those members of the Body, which
seem to be more feeble, are necessary." I Corinthians
12 :22, And by all means be sure that you are a member
of that Church which is the Body of Christ. Read Ephes-
ians 2:19 to 22.
So we have concluded that we are not saved because
we belong to a church organization, because we go to
church services. But we are identified with God's people
and attend these services, because we are saved through
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work,
and love to gather in His Blessed Name with other
There, of course, is something unique about the
Church which is the Body of Christ. Every time the
word "church" is found in the Scriptures it is the
Greek "EKKLESIA." It is translated in Acts 19:32,
39 and 41, "assembly." The King James translators
acknowledged that "church" (from Kurios, the Lord)
was not a good translation, but might be best for the
people. Church is found in the N. T. Scriptures, in the
singular, about 77 times, in the plural about 37 times.
More than 60 times the word "EKKLESIA" is found
in the Greek translation of the 0. T. Scriptures. In
Nehemiah 13:1, "the Ekklesia (congregation) of God.'
Paul is the only one " who used the word "Body." So
while the Body is the Church, the Church of God is not
always the Body of Christ.
"WHO NOW REJOICE IN MY SUFFERING FOR YOU,
AND FILL UP THAT WHICH IS BEHIND OF THE
AFFLICTIONS OF CHRIST IN MY FLESH FOR HIS
BODY'S SAKE, WHICH IS THE CHURCH:
"WHEREOF I AM MADE A MINISTER, ACCORDING
TO THE DISPENSATION OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN
TO ME FOR YOU, TO FULFILL THE WORD OF GOD;
"EVEN THE MYSTERY WHICH HATH BEEN HID
FROM AGES AND FROM GENERATIONS, BUT NOW
IS MADE MANIFEST TO HIS SAINTS:
"TO WHOM GOD WOULD MAKE KNOWN WHAT IS
THE RICHES OF THE GLORY OF THIS MYSTERY
AMONG THE GENTILES ; WHICH IS CHRIST IN YOU,
THE HOPE OF GLORY:
THE CHRISTIAN AND SATAN
This is the instruction that God has given unto the
saint: "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be
able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians
The Christian who fails to recognize the power,
subtilty, devices and wiles of the devil will suffer defeat
at his hands.
Paul said concerning Satan, "Lest Satan should get
an advantage of us ; for we are not ignorant of his de-
vices." II Corinthians 2:11.
He wrote to this same Church these words, "But I
fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve
through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted
from the simplicity that is in Christ." II Corinthians 11 :3.
Peter wrote: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about,
seeking whom he may devour; whom resist stedfast in
the faith." I Peter 4:8.
The same Holy Spirit who dictated to these two
servants when they wrote, also used James to say these
words: "Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the
devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7.
Some years ago I heard an evangelist pray to God
in these words, "0 Lord, rebuke and defeat for us his
Satanic Majesty." Then after I had studied the Scrip-
tures I realized why he used the title. I could then un-
derstand what Paul meant when he said:
"Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness.' II Cor-
inthians 11:13 to 15.
Jude records the fact that "Michael the archangel,
when contending with the devil, he disputed about the
body of Moses, durst not bring railing accusation, but
said, 'The Lord rebuke thee.' " Jude 9.
The Lord Jesus Christ could say with authority,
"Get thee behind me, Satan." Luke 4:8. "Get thee hence
Satan." Matthew 4:10. But every human being unless
equipped with the spiritual armour of God and protected
by the power that is in Christ Jesus, is just as helpless
in the hand of Satan as is the little mouse in the claws
of the cat. If Michael could not rebuke and defeat
Satan, surely no human being can.
I spoke concerning Satan one evening and the pas-
tor's six-year-old girl was on the front seat. Much of
the message went into her little heart. The next morn-
ing when her mother went to the door to call her from
bed, she saw the little girl shaking her fist and mumbling
with a very serious expression on her face. After the
mother had stood for a moment she said, "What was
mama's little girl saying?" The little girl replied, "Ma-
ma, I was just saying, if the devil bothers me today, I
am going to knock the 'stuffin' out of him." Some poor
Christians are trying this job, but he is too much for any
of us. The task is too great. Only Divine power can
defeat the supernatural power of "that old serpent,
called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole
world." Revelation 12:9.
"The whole world lieth in this one." I John 5:19.
The Lord Jesus Christ spoke of the sinner as being the
house of the strong man (Satan), and said that He alone
could bind the strong man and take his house. Matthew
12:26 to 33. The moment the Word is preached to the
sinner, Satan tries to cause the seed to fall by the way
side and then he devours the seed. Mark 4:15. It is Sat-
an, as the prince of the power of the air, that controls
the motives, desires, thoughts, acts, and words of the
sinners of this world. Ephesians 2:2 and 3. It is Satan,
as the god of this age, that blinds the minds of the poor
unbelieving lost sinners, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ should shine into their hearts. II Corin-
thians 4 -A. Satan has religious children, and sows them
as tares among the wheat, the children of God. Matthew
13:38. John 8:44. It is quite often difficult to. tell a
cultured, moral, religious tare in the church from the
When Jesus Christ died on the cross he destroyed
Satan's power of death. Hebrews 2:14. But his final de-
feat will not come until this same Jesus binds Satan and
puts him into the bottomless pit for one thousand years
and ultimately casts him into the lake of fire. Revela-
tion 20. Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels.
Matthew 25 :41.
Satan can even now cause a saint to lie to the Holy
Ghost. Saints for sins in the flesh were delivered to
Satan for the destruction of the flesh. Acts 5 :3. I Corin-
thians 5 :5. Satan can hinder the most consecrated saint.
I Thessalonians 2:18. Satan can make a church officer
fall through pride, especially if a novice is appointed to
this office. I Timothy 3:6. Many of these cases have
come under my own observation.
Notice the language used in this verse, "Lest being
lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the
devil. I Timothy 3 :6.
If you will read carefully the twenty-eighth chapter
of Ezekiel, beginning with the fourteenth verse, and the
fourteenth chapter of Isaiah, beginning at the twelfth
verse, you will learn that Satan was the Anointed Cherub
of God, perfect in the day that he was created, until he
fell through pride. All sin began with the "I will's '
There is no use trying to understand or explain the
"Why" of Satan. It is a mystery, but it will all work
out to the glory of the Son of God. We do know that
Satan is a person, that he was a perfect creature of God,
and that he fell from heaven because of his revolt against
his Creator. Christ said: "I beheld Satan as lightning
fall from heaven." Luke 10:18.
There was something besides an evil influence from
within that tempted Jesus Christ in the wilderness and
offered Him all the kingdoms of the world. Luke 4 and
Matthew 4. Jesus Christ had no evil within to tempt
him. He was holy, harmless and undented. Christ made
no mistake when he acknowledged Satan as the prince of
the world. John 12 :31.
The Satan of the Scriptures is quite different from
the devil of tradition. Satan is more than evil. He is a
person with mighty power. He is the enemy of God and
His holiness, of Christ and His disciples. As the ac-
cuser of the brethren he accuses them night and day.
Revelation 12 :10.
The saints overcome him by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony. Verse 13.
Satan afflicts with sickness. Luke 13:16. Job 2:6
and 7. Satan is directly or indirectly responsible for all
of the sin, sickness, sorrow, crime, poverty, and death
in the world.
He entered the serpent to beguile Eve. He was the
first to challenge and criticize the Word of God and to
corrupt it, and every destructive critic of this age in
and out of the pulpit is his agent and servant, as all of
them down through the ages have been.
Satan also entered into Judas, the son of perdition,
to betray the Lord Jesus Christ. And he will also enter
the second son of perdition, the antichrist, or man of
sin, who is to be Satan's man. II Thessalonians 2:4 to 9.
Nothing but the shield of faith will enable the
Christian to quench the fiery darts of this evil one who
is playing havoc with the sleeping saints and the worldly
churches of this day, to say nothing of the billion who
are lying in heathen darkness. He has struck with a
terrible blow many of the most useful servants of God
in the Church.
The little girl who heard the story of Satan and the
story of Jesus, said to her mother when saying her prayer
"Mother, hereafter when Satan knocks at my heart's
door, I'm going to say, Lord Jesus, you let him in/
Only in the Lord Jesus Christ is there victory over this
constant and relentless enemy. So let us read carefully
over and over the armour that God has provided for us
and let us put it on. Ephesians 6 :10 to 18.
Satan wanted to sift Simon as wheat. Luke 22 :31.
Satan bound with an infirmity for many years a daugh-
ter of Abraham. Luke 13 :16. He was on hand when the
sons of God went forth to worship God. Job 1:4 to 6.
He afflicted Job. 2:7. Satan has led many of God's chil-
dren into his religious healing schemes in these last
days. The antichrist is coming with the power of Satan
performing miracles. II Thessalonians 2:9 to 13.
The Son of God was manifested to destroy the works
of Satan. Let Christ be our refuge, our strength, our
conqueror. He is altogether able to assure victory.
« ' PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD, THAT
YE MAY BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINST THE
WILES OF THE DEVIL.
"FOR WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH
AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES,
AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS
OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST
SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES.
"WHEREFORE TAKE UNTO YOU THE WHOLE
ARMOUR OF GOD, THAT YE MAY BE ABLE
TO WITHSTAND IN THE EVIL DAY, AND HAV-
ING DONE ALL, TO STAND."
THE CHRISTIAN AND THE WORLD
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his
own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have
chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth
you/' John 15:19.
Some one said: "The Christian has three great ene-
mies, the external, the internal, and the infernal/ He
was referring to the world, the flesh and the devil. They
are all three real enemies, and we only have to look
about us today to see how the children of God are being
affected and defeated by them.
When we read of the exploits and achievements of
the faithful saints of God in the eleventh chapter of
Hebrews, we find it is recorded by God concerning them,
"Of whom the world was not worthy." Hebrews 11:38.
The world needs the servants and faithful witnesses of
God, but is not worthy of them.
The people of God as to conduct, hope, and habit,
should be altogether different from the people of the
this world. Whenever the difference is not noticeable
in a Christian's life, he should pause to examine his life
and change his conduct. Because of enmity, criticism,
and persecution of an unfriendly world, the experience
of a normal Christian is a life of suffering, yet a life of
rejoicing in Christ.
When the grace of God finds a sinner it finds him,
"having no hope, and without God in the world/ 7 Ephe-
sians 2:12. It finds him walking "according to the
course of this world, fulfilling the desires of the flesh
and of the mind/' 2:2 and 3. It is needless to say that
any one who is walking according to the course of this
world is walking contrary to the will of God ; but the
sinner can walk in no other way. How sad and pitiable
the sight, however, when the saint is seen walking ac-
cording to the course of this world. Many of the saints
of God in this age are so worldly that you would never
classify them as saints on account of their walk.
Concerning His disciples, the Lord Jesus said, "They
are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.'
John 17 :14.
But, said He, "These are in the world." The sinner
is in the world and of the world ; while the Christian is
in the world, but not of the world.
"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and
pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against
the soul!" I Peter 2:11. Christians are considered by
God as strangers and pilgrims, whose citizenship is in
heaven, sojourning in a land where their King has been
rejected, and where He is still despised as no other one
in all this world is. It was this King who said, "If the
world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it
hated you." John 15:18. The task of the Christian then
is to walk with heavenly behavior in a world where the
conditions and circumstances are unfavorable and the
environment anything but conducive to such behavior;
to walk among people who are rebels against God and
His heavenly laws.
Christians are instructed to walk as becometh saints
in the midst of fornication, and all uncleanness, and
covetousness, nlthiness, foolish talking and jesting,
Ephesians 5 :2 and 3. The Lord Jesus Christ prayed for
His disciples, "I pray not thou shouldcst take them out
of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the
evil." John 17:15. The Lord does not want his disciple
to be a recluse in a monastery, but wants him right in
the midst of this wicked and ungodly world to touch the
world and yet not to be touched by the world.
The Lord wants the Christian to keep himself "un-
spotted from the world." James 1:27. "Ye adulterers
and adultresses, know ye not that the friendship of the
world is enmity with God. Whosoever therefore will be
a friend of the world is an enemy of God." James 4:4.
How difficult it is for some Christians to give up the
world ; but if a Christian loves the Lord Jesus Christ in i
sincerity and in truth and will be faithful in his testi-
mony, he will not only give up the world, but the sin-
ners of the world will give him up, when those sinners
find that they cannot bring him to the plaee^ of compro-
mise. Contact without contamination; association with-
out fellowship, is the relation of the saint to the sinner.
"For then must he need go ; out of the world." I Corin-
thians 5 :10. ^^ Jfa JmW <t* M+ulj &£
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in
the world. If any man love the world, the love of the
Father is not in him." I John 2:15. Now you know full
^ tp-a.1 1 that this command is not to the sinner; for he can
love nothing but the world and its sin. He may grow '
tired of it at times and yearn for something that will
satisfy the longings of the soul, but he is in the world
and of the world, walking according to the course of the
world. The command is to one who has been delivered
i from the power of darkness and translated into the
Kingdom of the Son of God's love. How sad the experi-
ence of Demas which has been repeated by_ many a
jChristian, "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved
'this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica."
II Timothy 4:10. This companion of Paul did the very
[thing Christians are told not to do:" Love not the world."
There are three Greek words translated into the
English word, "World," — one is the inhabited earth;
one is the created world, and the other is this age. Christ
died to deliver us from this present evil age. Galatians
i 1 :4. Satan is the god of this age. II Corinthians 4 -A.
Demas did not decide to go to Thessalonica on the
impulse of the moment. His decline was gradual. As a
general rule Christians today are not plunged out into
the world with its lust and pride by one step. First
comes the neglect of the Bible, prayer and testimony;
staying away from the house of worship, fellowship with
unbelievers; one questionable amusement and then an-
other. How many thousands of worldly Christians there
are in our great wicked cities who were once faithful
children of God back in the home town or city or out in
the country church. They have been swept out into the
current of the world, and find it hard to shake off its
strong grip and give up the pleasures of sins. Poor mis-
erable back-sliders. How beautiful and attractive the
prince of this world tries to make this ungodly age for
God's children. But the Lord Jesus Christ is so much
more attractive, when we know Him intimately and love
The Church is the light of the world. The Church
in the world is God's program; but the world in the
Church is Satan ? s. It is all right for the ship to be in
the water ; it is all wrong for the water to be in the ship.
The Church that lowers its standards to meet the de-
mands of the world will lose its spiritual power and
blessing. Unconquered pride leads many Christians to
court favor and position in this world*
"Be not conformed to this world. " Romans 12:2.
The Apostle Paul said, "If I yet pleased men, I should
not be the servant of Christ.' 3 Galatians 1:10. The de-
sire to be popular with the world is a great temptation.
Many Christians, especially young people, want to avoid
all appearances that would cause them to be considered
peculiar. Let us always remember that Christians are
traveling to heaven, while sinners are traveling in the
opposite direction, toward the sorrows of the second
death ; that the cross of Christ stands between the Chris-
tian and the sinner, The greatest of all Christians said :
"God forbid that I should glory save in the cross
of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is cruci-
fied unto me, and I unto the world. Galatians 6:14. This
has been my favorite text since the day I was saved. If
it took the death of the Lord of glory, such suffering of
such a Saviour, to separate us from the world, certainly
we should stay separated unto Him. He said to His
disciples: "In the world ye shall have tribulation; but
be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.' 7 John
16:33. "As He is, so are we in this world. " I John 4:17,
WORLDLY CHRISTIAN IS A PARADOX
1 ' This is the victory that overcometh the world, even
our faith. ' ' I John 5 :4.
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things
which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand
of God. Set your affections on things above, not on
things on the earth." Colossians 3:1 and 2.
God hath shined in our hearts to give the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus
Christ, and He wants us to be "blameless and harmless,
the sons of God, without rebxike, in the midst of a
crooked and perverse nation, among whom we shine as
lights in the world." II Corinthians 4:6. Philippians
2:15. No worldly Christian can be a shining light; but
is invariably a stumbling-block. "And through thy
knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom
Christ died." I Corinthians 8:11. "Destroy not him
with thy meat, for whom Christ died." Romans 14:15.
Surely we do not want some poor sinner to stumble over
our inconsistent lives into hell.
There is a song, "Can others see Jesus in me!'' It
is well to ask ourselves this question; for God says, "Ye
.are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of
all men." II Corinthians 3:2. Mr.- Moody once said that
so far as most sinners are concerned, the Christian is
their Bible, and in many cases we need a revised edi-
tion. "They may by your good works, which they shall
behold, glorify God in the day of visitation." I Peter
"Walk in wisdom toward them that are without,
redeeming the time." Colossians 4:5. Sinners are closely
watching the steps of those who name the name of Jesus
and while the sinner should get his eyes off of man and
-on to the Lord, yet the Christian is Christ's representa-
tive on earth, and should always be to the sinner an
example and proof of the power of the gospel over sin.
Because of his great sin. David received these words
from God: "Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast
given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blas-
pheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely
die." II Samuel 12:14. The sinful deeds of a Christian
will always cause the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme.
When a Christian is caught in a shady transaction,
cutting the corners in business, or in the theatre, dance-
hall, pool-hall or any such place, or gossiping, slander-
ing, or absorbed in the lust and covetousness of this
world, or in any other way compromising with this evil
age, he is injuring the work of Christ, and often stand-
ing in the way of the salvation of some poor lost sinner.
You have heard the story of the blind man carrying the
lantern. Some one asked him if the light kept him from
running into others. Said he, "No, I carry the light to
keep others from running into me these dark nights."
Every Christian should carry such a bright light that
sinners would not stumble over them in these dark days.
God desires, "that ye should show forth the praises
of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His
marvelous light. ' ' I Peter 2 :9.
"LOVE NOT THE WORLD, NEITHER THE THINGS
THAT ARE IN THE WORLD. IF ANY MAN LOVE
THE WORLD, THE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT
"FOR ALL THAT IS IN THE WORLD, THE LUST OF
THE FLESH, AND THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND
THE PRIDE OF LIFE, IS NOT OF THE FATHER, BUT
IS OF THE WORLD.
"AND THE WORLD PASSETH AWAY, AND THE
LUST THEREOF; BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL
OF GOD ABIDETH FOR EVER."
I John 2: 15-17.
CHRISTIANS ARE WITNESSES, AMBASSADORS,
AND FISHERS OF MEN
There is no doubt that Christians need much train-
ing along Bible lines in order to work successfully with
sinners in an effort to bring them to Christ ; but the all-
important thing is to believe in the terrible consequences
of sin, the awful penalty awaiting the sinner at the
White Throne judgment, and to know from personal
experience that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is an
almighty Saviour from sin and its consequences, both
here and hereafter. Such knowledge should create with-
in the heart of every Christian a passion for lost sinners,
an earnest and sincere desire to see them brought to
Jesus Christ, and washed in His blood.
A man said to me once, "Sir, if I believed what you
do about eternal punishment and that the sacrifice of
Jesus Christ could save sinners from the sorrows of the
second death, I would use every ounce of strength in my
being to tell every sinner in this town the story, and
then move to another place and do the same thing/' The
sinner knows that the Christian is not in earnest about
these eternal issues. Many Christians never seriously
take the message of salvation to sinners. 0, the wasted
moments, hours and days of God's people, while millions
on this earth are perishing without the knowledge of
Paul said, "For the love of Christ constraineth us."
II Corinthians 5:14, Also, "Knowing therefore the terror
of the Lord, we persuade men." 5:11.
He likewise said, U I am debtor both to the Greeks,
and to the Barbarians; both to the wise and to the un-
wise." Romans 1:14. If this Hebrew Christian was debt-
or to the Gentiles, surely we are debtor to the Gentiles
and also the Jews,
Think of the passion for souls that dominated the
life of this man who said/ 'I could wish that myself were
accursed from Christ for my brethren, " Romans 9:3,
Paul believed that eternal darkness awaited every man
who failed to receive through Jesus Christ the gift of
eternal life. He tried in his day to reach every sinner
he possibly could with this message. How full was his
life! What are we doing?
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though
God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's
stead, be ye reconciled to God." II Corinthians 5:20.
"For we are labourers together with God/ I Cor-
inthians 3 :9.
"Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the utter-
most part of the earth/' Acts 1:8.
"And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and
I will make you to become fishers of men/' Mark 1 :17.
"How beautiful are the feet of them that preach
the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good
things. Romans 10:15.
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature." Mark 16:16.
"And daily in the temple, and in every house, they
ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ," Acts 5:42.
Paul asked of this Christ, "What wilt thou have me
to do?" Acts 9:6. Peter said concerning John, "Lord,
what shall this man do?" To this Jesus replied, "What
is that to thee? Follow thou me,"
If no other Christian assumes his responsibility, re-
member the Saviour is saying to you, "Follow thou me."
There are nearly a billion souls who have never heard
the gospel story. What are you going to do about it?
Ezekiel 3 :18 and 19.
Some day we are going to look into the face of our
Saviour who died for millions of sinners who h&ve never
heard the story. May the Lord from this moment on
have your life and mine fully dedicated to Him.
Will you say to Him now, "Here, Lord am I, send
Oh! that we might measure up to Paul's standard,
"Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I
am pure from the blood of all men/ 1 ' Acts 20:26.
"Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will
of Him that sent me, and to finish His work. Say not ye
there are yet four months, and then eometh harvest?
Behold I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the
fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he
that reapeth reeeiveth wages, and gather eth fruit unto
life eternal; that both he that soweth and he that reap-
eth may rejoiee together. And herein is that saying true,
one soweth and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that
whereon ye bestowed no labour, other men laboured, and
ye are entering into their labours.' John 4:35 to 38,
"And daily in the temple, and in every house, they
ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.'
Acts 5 :42
"When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely
die ; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest
to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save
his life; the same wicked man shall die in his
iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine
hand." Ezekiel 3:18
THE CHRISTIAN'S RELATION TO THE LAW
''For I through the law am dead to the law, that I
might live unto God. ?? Galatians 2:19. "I have been cru-
cified with Christ," Galatians 2:20. Paul was crucified
to the law. Therefore he said, U I do not frustrate the
grace of God ; for if righteousness come by the law, then
Christ hath died in vain." Verse 21.
The Christians of the Galatian churches believed in
all of the fundamentals of the Christian faith and were
very religious, but they had permitted false brethren to
come into their midst with a perverted gospel and frus-
trate the grace of God.
These false teachers had perverted the gospel of
Christ hj adding the law of Moses to the finished work
of the Son of God. They were mixing the religion of the
Jews with the gospel of grace. Paul said to them: "A
little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." 5:9, This mix-
ture has proved to be the leaven that has produced in
the Church of Christ the ritualism, modernism and fanat-
icism of this present day, *Tudaism with its ritualism
has no place in the gospel of grace. "The Law was given
by Moses, but grace and truth came with Jesus Christ."
The Galatians desired to be under the law. 4:21.
There are multitudes just like them in the churches
today. Paul said concerning those who preached the
law to Christians. "I would they were even cut off which
trouble you." 5:12. He also said, "Let him be ac-
cursed." 1 :9.
Notice carefully Paul's question to them and his own
answer: "Wherefore then serveth the law?" 3:19, Now,
God is asking the same question of any Christian today
who is serving the law. Why should a Christian not
serve the law? "It was added because of transgression,
till the Seed should come to whom the promise was
made." Galatians 3:19. The Seed was promised many-
years before He came. Genesis 3 :15, 17 :1 to 8. God said
to Abraham, "And to thy seed which is Christ' Gala-
tians 3 :16.
I have never yet known one Christian who knew
and experienced the truth contained in the fourth chap-
ter of the Book of Romans who could be led into ritual-
ism, modernism, or fanaticism, or who could be influenced
by those who are "desiring* to be teachers of the law;
understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they
affirm. ' ' I Timothy 1 :7.
Four hundred and thirty years before God called
Moses to the Mount to give him the commandments and
ordinances He entered into a covenant of grace with
Abram. Galatians 3:17. Genesis 15:13. When God told
Abram what He would perform, Abram believed God,
and it was counted to Abram for righteousness. Genesis
15.6. What a glorious gospel! What precious good news!
Because a sinner believes in the ability and faithfulness
of God, he is reckoned righteous in the sight of that God.
If a man should keep the whole law and not ofiend in
one point he would be righteous or right. Jesus Christ
did this, therefore He is called "Jesus Christ the Right-
eous." Abram was not Abram the Righteous because he
kept the whole law, but he was righteous because he
accepted by faith the promise of a coming Redeemer, a
promise made by God four hundred and thirty years
before the law was given. So far as his standing before
God was concerned, Abram was just as righteous as if
he had kept God's righteous law. The righteousness of
God was imputed to him because he believed the gospel,
which was before the law. Galatians 3:8. That same
righteousness of God, which is perfect, flawless, unim-
peachable, is imputed to every sinner who by faith re-
ceives Jesus Christ who was delivered for our offenses
and raised again for our justification. Romans 4:22 to
25. Christ on the cross was made sin for us that we
might be made the righteousness of God in Him. II Corin-
thians 5 :21.
When God made His covenant with Israel through
Moses, the law-giver and mediator of the old covenant,
it was four hundred and thirty years after the time He
made his covenant with Abram, which He renewed with
Isaac and Jacob. The law 7 was given several months
after God delivered Israel from Egypt by way of the
passover blood and the Red Sea. Exodus 12 and 13. God
delivered Israel from Pharaoh, because he remembered
Plis covenant with Abram, Isaac and Jacob, Exodus 2 :24.
The children of Israel did not receive deliverance at the
hands of God, because they were faithful; but because
He was, and is. It took the blood of the lamb to deliver
them from judgment ; but it was all of grace. Only the
blood of Jesus Christ can deliver us from a greater
Therefore when the law was given by Moses, it was
given to a. covenanted people who were on redemption
ground, "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought
thee out of the land of Egypt," It was to these people
that God said, "Thou shalt" and "Thou shalt not."
Exodus 20:1 to 15.
In giving the law of commandments contained in
ordinances, God raises up a middle wall of partition be-
tween Israel and the Gentiles, which was broken down
when Jesus Christ cried on the cross of Calvary, "It is
finished 77 ; and the veil in the temple was rent in twain
from top to bottom. It was then and there that the mid-
dle wall of partition was broken down. Ephesians 2:14
Now we should understand what God means when
He says that the law was added till Christ rent the veil,
at which time He became the end of the law for right-
eousness to every one that believeth. Romans 10 :4 and 5.
The law was added. Added to what? Added to the cov-
enant of promise, added to the gospel that God preached
to Abraham. Therefore the gospel was before the law.
Galatians 3 :8. The covenant that God made with Israel
through Moses was a temporary covenant which has been
fulfilled and done away with in Christ. Hebrews 8:13.
II Corinthians 3 :1 to 9.
When the Son of God yielded up the ghost on the
cross, He met fully the penalty of the broken law," Blot-
ting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against
us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,
nailing it to His cross." Colossians 2:14. Then, says God
to the Christian, "Why, as though living in the world,
are ye subject to ordinances, Touch not. Taste not.
Handle not, which all are to perish with the using?'
■ 2 :21.
1 "For ye are not come to the mount that might be
touched . . . For they could not endure that which was
commanded." Hebrews 12:18 to 24.
| "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or drink,
f or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of
the sabbath days." Colossians 2:16.
i Christians have no holy days, no feast days, no meat
ordinances, no Sabbath nor Sabbaths. Abraham did not
rest in a day; he found rest in a Person. So likewise
does the believer today. Matthew 11:27. Hebrews 4:10.
The Sabbath was a covenant between God and Israel.
\ Exodus 31 :12. There could be no universal Sabbath out
of the holy land. When Christ became the end of the
law for righteousness He was dead and buried on Is-
| rael's Sabbath day, the seventh day. He arose on the
first day of the week, the first fruits of them that slept,
to start something new. He that keeps the Sabbath, like
he that is circumcised, is debtor to keep the whole law.
Galatians 5 :3.
[ The Church is composed of heavenly people, seated
in the heavenlies in Christ, waiting for Christ to come
I out of a heavenly sanctuary. Living this side of His res-
[ urrection, they gather on the first day of the week and
every day in the week. The first day is not the Christian
Sabbath. The Christian has no Sabbath but Christ.
But it is the blessed privilege of the believer under
grace, to meet for praise, worship, and study, with other
believers on the first day of the week. We thank God
for the day set aside for spiritual occupation.
THE CHRISTIAN AND THE LAW
" "Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead
to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be
married to Another, even to Him who is raised from the
dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God." Ro-
God seriously objects to the Christian's being mar-
ried to both Christ and Moses. 7 :1 to 3.
To the Christian, God says, ' ' Stand fast in the lib-
erty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not
entangled again with the yoke of bondage. It is not cir-
cumcision that is the yoke ; for Abraham was not under
a yoke, though he was circumcised. The Hebrew Chris-
tians tried to force the Gentile Christians in the early
Church to go back to Moses after they had received
Christ, but God said: "Now therefore "why tempt ye
God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which
neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?" Acts
The Law entered that the offense which entered by
Adam might abound. Romans 5:20. By the law is the
knowledge of sin. Romans 3 :19. Be it known unto you,
men and brethren, that through this man (Jesus Christ)
is preached unto you the forgiveness of sin.
By Adam is the entrance of sin.
By Moses is the knowledge of sin.
By Christ is the forgiveness of sin.
"The law made nothing perfect, but the bringing
in of a better hope did/' Hebrews 7:19.
The law was Israel's schoolmaster to bring them to
Christ that they might be justified by faith. Galatians
3 :24. When justified the believer was no longer under
a schoolmaster. "By Him all that believe are justified
from all things, from which we could not be justified
by the law of Moses/' Acts 13:39. "By the deeds of the
law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight," Ro-
mans 3 :20.
Righteousness is God's requirement and the sinner's
need to have God's approval When the sinner receives
righteousness as a gift from God, he likewise receives
God into his life in the person of the Holy Spirit, and
he can therefore fulfill the righteousness of God's law
by walking in the Spirit. Romans 8:4, But if Christ is
the end of the law, and he has been crucified with Christ
who met all the demands of God against the lawless one,
the believer is dead to the law.
THE CHRISTIAN NOT UNDER THE LAW
"For ye are not under the law, but under grace.'
Romans 6:14. Certainly as Christians we cannot be
under both law and grace. If God is going to judge us
under the law, we must remember these solemn words:
"Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things
which are written in the book of the law to do them,"
Galatians 3 :10, Where is the Christian who loves God
with undivided strength, undivided being, undivided in-
tellect, and undivided affection, and his neighbor as
himself? This is the great commandment, which is the
very essence of the law, Jesus Christ lived this perfect
life, but no other man or woman has or can. But because
of the good news of His finished work we enter into His
rest and are perfected by the offering of His body on the
tree. Hebrews 10:14.
Christ was under the law. Galatians 4:4. This One
who was holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from
sinners, was tested by the world, by the devil, and by
God's holy law. He came not to destroy but to fulfill
the law. He is the "fulfiller" of the law and is in every
believer. Therefore, the "fulfiller" of the law is in every
Christian. Colossians 1:27- Therefore there is, and can
be, no condemnation against them that are in Christ
Jesus. Romans 8 :1. Jesus Christ the Righteous was prov-
en righteous by meeting all the demands of God's holy
law, which is the only adequate standard of righteous-
ness. God's law is the one perfect law or code of ethics.
Jesus Christ is the one perfect Man, the embodiment and
exemplification of that perfect law.
If He was under the law, and the Christian is not
under the law, we do not live in the same dispensation
as He did. He lived on this earth as the perfect God-
man before the middle-wall of partition between the Jew
and the Gentile was broken down by his death. This is
one of the most important points that Christians must
observe in rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy
2:15. Paul began his ministry to Gentiles where the
middle-wall was removed — at Calvary.
When you read the first three verses of the twenty-
third chapter of Matthew, you can understand why the
Lord Jesus instructed His disciples to observe the teach-
ings of the scribes and Pharisees. It was because they
sat in the "seat of Moses/' Christ did not unseat those
who sat in the seat of Moses, nor did He do away with
that seat of Moses, while he was a minister of the cir-
cumcision, sent only to the House of Israel. Matthew
10:1 to 6. Romans 15:8. Matthew 15:22 to 27. It was
while He was under the law that he said to the lawyer
who tempted him, "What is written in the law?" Luke
10:26. But He put an end to Moses' seat when He cried
'It is finished" and the veil in the temple was rent.
Remember that the Sermon on the Mount was de-
livered before the middle-wall of partition was broken
down, and therefore while there is much in it for the
Church, it is peculiarly a kingdom message. But the
fruit of the Spirit which is to be manifested by the
Christian who walks in the Spirit is the same love, joy,
meekness, temperance, longsuffering, gentleness, and
goodness demanded in the Sermon on the Mount. Gala-
tians 5 :22 and 23.
xigainst such there is no law. Why? Because Love
is the fulfilling of the law. Love worketh no ill to his
neighbor. Love suffer eth long and is kind. Love seeketh
not her own. Love thinketh no evil. Romans 13 :10. I
Corinthians 13:4 to 13,
Love is not an attainment. Love is a gift. Romans
5 :5. But after it is received, with salvation, as a gift
it can be cultivated.
"Now the end of the commandment is love/ 7 I Tim-
othy 1 :5. And Christ is the end of the law for righteous-
ness. So the imperative and superlative need is Christ
and to know His Love ; and then we love because He
first loved us.
And this is His commandment, that we should be-
lieve on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one
another, as He gave us commandment. ?? I John 3:23.
Then the Christian's creed is Christ; his law is love.
It is interesting to observe in Romans 5 :13 ? and in
Galatians 5:23 ? "there is no law." Study these verses.
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus sets the
believer free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8 :2.
The law of the Spirit of life is described in II Timothy
1 :10. That same Divine law enables the believer to walk
in the Spirit and thus fulfill the righteousness of the law.
Romans 8 :4.
"But God forbid that I should glory save in the
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is
crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Galatians 6:14
THE CHRISTIAN AND THE GOVERNMENT
The Christian's relation to the government is set
forth in the Bible.
The government is just as much an institution of
God, as is the Church. As imperfect as human govern-
ment is, responsibility of governing was placed upon the
shoulders of man by God. Genesis 9:1 to 15. Some day
that responsibility will be lifted from imperfect human-
ity and placed upon the shoulders of the Lord Jesus
Christ, who as the Prince of Peace, shall sit on the throne
of His father, David. Of the increase of His peace and
government there shall be no end. Isaiah 9:6 and 7.
Included in this Divine institution is capital punish-
ment : ' 'Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his
blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man."
Genesis 9 :6. There are many well-meaning people who
think they are justified by the Sermon on the Mount of
Jesus in voting for the abolition of capital punishment.
They say it was part of the Old Testament law, but is
against the teachings of the New Testament Scriptures.
The Law does say, "He that smiteth a man, so that he
die, shall be surely put to death." Exodus 21:12. But
when God made His covenant with Noah, as recorded in
the ninth chapter of Genesis, it was more than eight
hundred years before the law was given to Moses. Noah
found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and was not under
the Mosaic law.
But when we turn to the New Testament Scriptures
for our instruction we read these words in the thirteenth
chapter of the epistle to the Romans, which 1 was written
more than twenty years after Christ taught the Sermon
on the Mount.
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.
For there is no power but of God: the powers that be
are ordained of God* Whosoever therefore resisteth the
power, resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that re-
sist shall receive to themselves judgment. For rulers
are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt
thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is
good and thou shalt have praise of the same. For he is
a minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that
which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in
vain; for he is a minister of God, a revenger to execute
wrath upon him that doeth evil, ' ' Verses 1 to 4.
In these verses we see that the government is an
ordinance of God, a minister of God for Christians as
well as sinners. There must be law and a penalty for
its violation. There must be those who enact and enforce
the law. It is the function of the government to apply
the law to the law-breakers. It is the function of the
Church first of all to give the gospel to the law-breaker.
And certainly it is the duty of every Christian to sup-
port the government in the enforcement of its righteous
"God changeth the times and the seasons: He re-
moveth kings and setteth up kings/' Daniel 2:21. Some
few kings have been godly, but for the most part: "The
kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take
counsel together, against the Lord, and against his An-
ointed, ?? Psalm 2:2. Caesar certainly was no friend of
God, and yet Christ said, "Render unto Caesar the
things that are Caesar's." Mark 12:17. Caesar repre-
sented the Roman government and very few, if any, of
its officers were saved men ; but the government was or-
dained of God.
Paul was an ideal Christian and when pressed by
his religious persecutors who tried to take his life, he
said, "I appeal to Caesar," Aets 25:11. Certainly he had
a right to pay taxes to the government to which he
looked for protection. What would Paul have done, had
Caesar called him to arms? Some people think that Paul
would have refused, but we have no assurance of it. This
nation which offers us so many blessings and privileges,
and which gives the Christian such protection, has been
established through the shed blood and sacrifice of our
fellow-contrymen, and while it is difficult to reconcile
war with the teachings of Jesus Christ, surely no one has
the right to call on this government for protection and
to enjoy its prosperity who is unwilling to respond to
the nation's need in time of war, especially a war of de-
To the soldiers John the Baptist said, "Do violence
to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content
with your wages. Luke 3:14. John did not tell them to
mutiny or refuse to go to war.
But how about these words of the Lord Jesus Christ?
"All they that take the sword shall perish with the
sword." Matthew 25:52. When the individual bears the
sword for his own selfish gain and sheds the blood of his
brother-man, or when any mob of men takes the law into
its own hands, they are lawbreakers. But the rulers of
organized government are ministers of God, revengers
to execute the wrath upon him that doeth evil. "He
beareth not the sword in vain. ' ' Romans 13 :4.
To the government the church is the pillar and
ground of the truth. I Timothy 3 :15.
To the individual Christian, God says: "Submit
yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's
sake ; whether it be to the king, as supreme, or unto the
governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the
punishment of evildoers." I Peter 2:13 and 14.
In Romans we read that Christians are to be subject
unto the government.
The Christian's attitude toward the government
therefore is one of subjection and submission; and not
one of dictation. Some religious people today say that
because we have a republic instead of a kingdom, our
attitude toward the government is not clearly outlined
in God's word. But this is not true.
The Christian should be the most law-abiding citi-
zen in the nation, but as the Church of Jesus Christ is an
international institution, the believers position in the
Body of Christ and his relation and obligation to other
members of that Body, regardless of their nationality,
might keep him from being as aggressive a patriot as the
unsaved citizen. Assuredly a believer's responsibility to
his fellow-believers, in God's sight, is to be considered
before that toward his fellow-countryman, as he renders
unto God the things that are God's and unto Caesar the
things that are Caesar's.
"For here have we no continuing city, but we seek
one to come." Hebrews 13:14.
Of course war is altogether inconsistent with the
teachings of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, But
those teachings cannot be applied to nations while Satan
is the prince of this world, When Christ comes to reign
on earth, peace will prevail. u Neither shall they learn
war any more/' Isaiah 2:4. But until then there shall
be wars and rumors of war. And our Saviour is a man
of war. Exodus 15 :3. During this present evil age,
every Christian must be subject to the powers that be.
As one outstanding servant of the Lord has said,
"this is not the day of the Prince of Peace/' Neither
is the day for God's people to encourage the Congress
of this land to scrap the navy and reduce the number of
men in the army or permit our fighting paraphernalia to
become obsolete, while other nations are preparing for
war on such a gigantic scale. Christians who are politi-
cal pacifists are generally Christians untaught in the
Scriptures, Permanent peace on this earth will begin
at Jerusalem. Therefore, pray for the peace of Jerusa-
THE CHRISTIAN AND GIVING
'Honour the Lord with thy substance, and the first
fruits of all thine increase." Proverbs 3:9.
Giving unto the Lord is not only the blessed priv-
ilege of the child of God; but it is his duty. Yea, the
Christian can honour the Lord with his substance, if he
will give unto the Lord his very best, willingly and
The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt
bring into the house of the Lord thy God." Exodus 23 :19.
'And as soon as the commandment came abroad,
the children of Israel brought in abundance the first-
fruits of the corn, wine and oil and honey, and of all the
increase of the field ; and the tithe of all things brought
they in abundantly. And concerning the children of
Israel and Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen
and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were con-
secrated unto the Lord their God and laid them by
heaps." II Chronicles 31:5 and 6.
Thus we see that God's command to His Old Testa-
ment people was to give the first, the best and one-tenth.
To His New Testament saints, He says, "Upon the first
day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store,
as God has prospered him, that there be no gatherings
when I come." I Corinthians 16:2.
'God not only wants the first and best from His
children, but he wants it given willingly and cheerfully.
"Take ye from among you an offering unto the Lord ;
whatsoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an
offering of the Lord; gold and silver and brass." Exo-
'For God loveth a cheerful giver." II Corinthians
9:7. Therefore He says, "He which soweth sparingly
shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bounti-
fully shall reap also bountifully. Kvery man as he pur-
poseth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or
of necessity/' 9:6 and 7.
With Israel, giving was a part of their worship and
was an expression of gratitude to Jehovah for the many
gifts He had bestowed upon them. Nehemiah 10:35 and
36. If they gave unto the Lord for what He did for
them, what should the Christian do ? The gifts that God
bestowed upon Israel are not to be compared with His
Divine gifts which are ours in this day of His marvelous
"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered
Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely
give us all things?" Romans 8:82.
"Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in
the heavenli.es in Christ/ ' Ephesians 1:3.
"Heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ." Ro-
mans 8 :17.
The Christian's resources in Christ Jesus are unlim-
ited. Some Christians are like a man whose vault is
filled to capacity with riches, but the vault door is
locked and he has lost and forgotten the combination.
Here is the Christian's combination to his riches in
Christ Jesus :
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye
shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.'
When I was in business down south, I went to the
home of a very rich man to secure from him the release
of a forty thousand dollar mortgage which he held on
the property our company had purchased from him.
What a home it was ! It looked to be the home of some
poverty-stricken owner. There sat the rich man clad in
trousers that were cheap and that had seen better days,
a well-worn soiled shirt, and a jacket which matched the
other garments. He sat at a table and before him was a
scanty meal which he had prepared himself. The fur-
nishings were very cheap and ordinary. In an adjoin-
ing room an unskilled laborer was hanging some paper
which the rich man boasted he had picked up for six
cents a roll on the bargain counter. He was quite proud
of his purchase. His fortune was well up in six figures
and every cent that came in was hoarded up. He had no
relatives to whom he could leave his money, and his
chief joy was in accumulating his wealth. He knew not
how to enjoy the use of it. He had all the marks of a
pauper. How like this man are so many Christians; act-
ing like paupers when they are joint-heirs with Jesus
Christ to all of God's great riches.
'If ye then, being evil, know how to give good
gifts unto your children, how much more shall your
Father which is in heaven give good things to them that
ask Him?" Matthew 7:11.
From the very moment that the sinner gives himself
to Jesus Christ and in exchange receives from God the
gift of eternal life through that Christ, the mutual giv-
ing should continue. God is always ready to give and
always ready to receive the humblest gift from His child
when given in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; even
a cup of cold water. Matthew 10:42.
'And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in
the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and
the Father by Him." Colossians 3:17.
i ( rni
That thine alms may be in secret; and thy Father
which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly."
Because the glories of our Lord Jesus Christ are in-
describable, and the value of His offering and sacrifice
incomparable, the Christian says, "Thanks be unto God
for His unspeakable gift. ' ' II Corinthians 9 :15.
Because of this priceless gift, the child of God is
not his own; he is bought with a price." I Corinthians
6:20. Not with silver and gold, but with the precious
blood of Jesus Christ, I Peter 1 :18 and 19. Therefore the
Christian belongs to God, body, soul and spirit. Every-
thing that he has belongs to God,
The old miser that I met down south may be dead
by this time. If not, he will be within a few short years,
and then God will say/ 'Then whose shall those things
be ? which thou hast provided?' 7 Luke 12:20.
The richest land-owner is but a tenant; for every
inch of this planet belongs to the Lord. "The earth is
the Lord's and the fullness thereof/ 7 Man may tempor-
arily possess control and improve it, but when his spirit
goes to God which gave it and his body back to the dust,
another tenant will hold it till death loosens his grip.
Therefore God says, "Lay not up for yourselves
treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up
for yoiirselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth
nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break
through nor steal." Matthew 6:19 and 20.
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart
be also. 77 Verse 21. Surely the Christian's treasure is
the Lord Jesus Christ who is now at God 7 s right hand
in heaven, and that is where his heart should be,
God does not ask a sinner to give, for the sinner has
no treasure in heaven. His destiny is eternal separation
from heaven. Before he gives anything to God, he must
first receive a gift from God, the gift of eternal life
through Jesus Christ*
"Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. 7 I Corinth-
ians 13:3. Love is the fruit of the Spirit, whom the
world cannot receive. John 14:17.
Gifts to God must be from God's redeemed people.
Many sinners are far more benevolent and generous
than are God's saints, but quite often these sinners are
trying to buy favor and standing with God, which can-
not be purchased with gold and silver. Doing humani-
tarian works is not laying up treasures in heaven unless
the doer's name is first written in heaven. We must first
give ourselves to God. II Corinthians 8:5,
"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the
Lord/' Proverbs 19:17,
But whoso hath this world's goods, and seeth his
brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of com-
passion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him!"
I John 3 :17.
Israel brought to God the blind for sacrifice, and
the lame and sick. They offered polluted bread upon His
altar. Malachi 1:7 and 8. Therefore God said, "Ye have
robbed me: Ye are cursed with a curse." Malachi 3:8
Just think of a child of God robbing his Father,
and yet the Church of God is filled with such robbers,
who are robbing God of time, talents and money.
God does not expect any Christian to give above his
ability: "For if there first be a willing mind, it is ac-
cepted according to that a man hath, and not according
to that he hath not." II Corinthians 8:12.
Remember the poor widow and her two mites and
the commendation of the Lord. Mark 12:42.
God has ordained that those who are set apart by
the Holy Spirit for special ministry are to be supported
by the liberality of the saints. "The labourer is worthy
of his hire." Luke 10:7.
The firstlings of our herds and our flocks, to bring
to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister
in the house of our God." Nehemiah 10:35 and 36.
"Let him that is taught in the Word communicate
unto him that teacheth in all good things, Galatians 6 :6.
Not only for the support of the ministry of God's
Word, but to the necessity of the saints who are in need,
are Christians exhorted to give:
"Distributing to the necessity of saints, given to
hospitality/ 7 Romans 12:13, I Timothy 6:18,
It is hard to understand how any saint of God can
hoard up his wealth with more than a half billion heathen
yet unevangelized, and scores of missionaries ready to
go when the money is forthcoming ; and with thousands
of poor saints, widows and orphans all about us.
As to how much any New Testament saint should
give, no specific amount is laid down, and to say ££ tithe *
might tend to make a legalist out of a Christian, which
is contrary to the will of God. But surely no consecrated
Christian will give any less than Israel was required to
give under the law.
Most Christians do not take God into consideration
in the spending of their money, and very few of them
know much about the real joy of sacrificial giving.
Every Christian should give to the Lord's work prayer-
fully, systematically and cheerfully.
As for the tithe, let us bear in mind that God estab-
lished the tithe principle in the days of Melchisedec, 400
years before God gave the law through Moses. Read
Hebrews 7:9 and 10.
"UPON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK LET EVERY
ONE OF YOU LAY BY HIM IN STORE, AS GOD
HATH PROSPERED HIM, THAT THERE BE NO
GATHERINGS WHEN I COME."
I Corinthians 16:2,
THE CHRISTIAN AND THE SECOND
COMING OP CHRIST
We have briefly considered the promise of our Lord
Jesus Christ, "I will send the Holy Spirit/' This prom-
ise He has fulfilled. Another promise, "I .will come
again/' is awaiting fulfillment.
The Christian is instructed to "come behind in no
gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,"
I Corinthians 1:7. Waiting for the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ is. not waiting to die and go to Him. The
Lord Jesus Christ does not come when the saint falls
asleep ; the saint departs to be with the Lord. Philip-
plans 1:23, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the
death of His saints." Psalm 116:15. The Lord Jesus
Christ died and abolished death that He might deliver
us from the fear of death, Hebrews 2:14 and 15. Surely
He is with every saint in the hour of death. But the
second coining of Christ is something entirely different,
and the saint who is not awaiting His coming is a dis-
obedient child of God, Many people who are ignorant
of this precious doctrine, think that Christians who are
waiting for the coming of the Lord have the date of
His coming all set. Comparatively few Christians who
know the Bible are unwise enough to set the time of the
Lord's return- He may not come for many years; but
He may come within a few moments. We have no right
to say that He is not coming this day, this very hour.
We do know that He is coming and every Christian
should be watching and waiting for His return.
The fact of the second coming of Jesus Christ is
stated in such plain language in the Bible, If we believe
in salvation and heaven, because of our faith in the
Bible, why should we doubt when Paul says: "For this
we say unto you by the Word of the Lord that we which
are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall
not precede them which are asleep. 7 I Thessalonians 4:
15. This was not some theory or opinion of one who was
deceived; but a glorious reality revealed to the same
apostle who delivered unto us the glorious gospel of
Christ whereby we are saved. "This we say unto you by
the Word of the Lord." Remember these are the words
of the Lord :
"That we which are alive and remain unto the
coming of the Lord."
"Shall not precede them which are asleep/
The Word of the Lord is, that many saints will be
alive when the Lord comes. The Word of the Lord fur-
ther states that these same saints will go to heaven with-
out dying. But they will not go before, or without, the
saints who up to that moment have departed to be with
the Lord. ,
"The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with
a shout, with the voice of the archangel/ and with the
trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first;
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught tip
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in
the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.' I Thes-
salonians 4:16 and 17/
With such plain language, the child of God should
not need to accept any man's theory of the second com-
ing of Christ, and certainly he should not be persuaded
by any man's argument that Christ is not coming the
God says, ' ' This same Jesus, which is taken up from
you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have
seen Him go into heaven/' Acts 1:11. Who is coming?
The same Jesus. The same Jesus who died on the cross
for our sins and rose again ; the same Jesus that went
into heaven after His resurrection. This same Jesus' is
coming back from heaven,
The coming of the Lord is called, "The Blessed
Hope/ ? Titus 2:13. It is also the purifying hope. I John
3:3. Why any Christian should be identified with the
scoffers who are crying, "where is the promise of His
coming," it is hard to understand. II Peter 3:4. No doc-
trine is more clearly taught in the Scriptures than is the
second coming of Christ. None should be more precious
to the saint who loves the Lord, and who certainly should
rejoice at the thought of going to heaven without dying.
"For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being bur-
dened ; not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed
upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life."
II Corinthians 5 :1 to 4.
Saints who fall asleep before the second coming of
Christ will be unclothed until He comes, at which time
they will be clothed upon with their house which is from
heaven. Those who are alive and are caught up when
the Lord comes will have the unspeakable joy of being
clothed upon without having been unclothed. Some
Bible teachers think the house from heaven is received
immediately at death, and differs from the incorruptible
body when Christ comes. If you say that you are not
interested in having such an experience, it is because
this glorious hope has never filled your soul.
Read these promises of the Lord's coming:
Matthew 24:27 to 30 I Thessalonians 4:15
Matthew 25 :6 I Thessalonians 5 :2
Matthew 26 :64 I Thessalonians 5 :23
Mark 13 :26 II Thessalonians 1 :10
Mark 14:62 II Thessalonians 2:1
Luke 21 :27 I Timothy 6 :14
John 21 :22 II Timothy 4:1
Romans 11 :26 I Peter 1 :7
Philippians 3 :20 and 21 I Peter 5 :4
Colossians 3 :4 I John 2 :28
James 5 :7 I John 3 :2
I Corinthians 11:26 Hebrews 9:28
I Corinthians 5:23 Hebrews 10:37
I Thessalonians 2 :19 Jude 14
I Thessalonians 3:13 Revelation 1:7
"For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also
we look for our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who
shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like
unto His glorious body/ 1 Phillip ians 3:20 and 21.
Man has a body as well as a soul. When Christ
saves the man, the redemption of that man's body is
included in his salvation. Our souls are saved here and
now, when we receive the end of our faith, I Peter 1 :9,
Because the Christian's saved soul is dwelling in an
earthly tabernacle, a body of humiliation, which is de-
caying day by day, we which have the firstfruits of the
Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting
for the adoption, to-wit the redemption of our body.
Romans 8 :23, We are not waiting for death. We are
waiting for the redemption of our bodies. We have been
begotten, into an inheritance that is incorruptible, for
which we must have an incorruptible body. This body
we can never receive until the second coming of the
Lord Jesus Christ. I Peter 1 :1 to 8. Therefore if the
second coming of Christ is not included in our message,
we are not preaching the full story of salvation.
Nineteen hundred years ago the Lord Jesus Christ
received His resurrection body, and became the first-
fruits of them that slept. I Corinthians 15:20. *' Christ
the firstfruits ; afterward they are Christ 7 s at His com-
ing/' I Corinthians 15:23.
IF YE THEN RE RTSEN WITH CHRIST, SEEK THOSE
THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST SIT-
TETII ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. SET YOUR
AFFECTION ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS
OF THE EARTH. FOR YE ARE DEAD, AND YOUR
LIFE IS HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD. WHEN CHRIST,
WHO IS OUR LIFE, SHALL APPEAR, THEN SHALL
YE ALSO APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY."
Colossians 3:1 to 4.
AT HIS COMING
They that. axe Christ's will receive their resurrection
bodies at His coming. They that are Christ's will not
receive their bodies before His coming; but at His com-
ing. They that are not Christ's will not, receive their
resurrection bodies at His coming for His saints. "Blessed
and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection.'
They that are Christ's at His coming shall not come
into condemnation. John 5:24, "He that believeth on the
Son is not condemned. John 3:18. Romans 8:1. The be-
liever's judgment is in the past. When Christ went to
the cross, He said , "Now is the judgment of this world.' 7
John 12 :31. When the sinner acknowledges that the
judgment which God pronounced upon the Saviour was
the sinner's judgment, and by faith accepts that Saviour
and His finished work, the judgment due that sinner is
lifted, and he passes out of death into life.
There will be another judgment of the world by the
same One who died on the cross. Acts 17 :31. All judg-
ment has been committed into the hands of the Son.
John 5 :22. Every sinner who does not meet Jesus Christ
as Saviour must meet Him as Judge, at the White Throne.
"And death and hades were cast into the lake of
fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not
found written in the book of life was cast into the lake
of fire. Kevelation 20 :14 and 15.
Therefore, there is no such thing as a general judg-
ment-day for saint and sinner.
As the sin question was settled by Christ for every
believer, God's purpose in bringing Christians to the
judgment-seat of Christ is to reward them for their
works. II Corinthians 5:10. Matthew 16:27. I Corinthians
3:14. The judgment-seat of Christ, before which saints
shall appear, should not be confused with the White
Throne before which sinners shall appear.
"There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of
the just and unjust-" Acts 24:15. But a thousand years
at least will intervene between the resurrection of the
just, which will take place at Christ's coming, and the
resurrection of the unjust , which will take place after
Satan meets his final doom. Revelation 20 :5. John 5 :28.
Between the resurrection of the just and the unjust,
the Messianic kingdom of heaven shall be set up on this
earth with Israel, God's ancient people, in their own
land of Palestine. Amos 9:11 to 15* There are several
hundred prophecies in the Bible concerning this coming
earthly kingdom, which is not the Church, or Body of
Christ. Christians would have been saved from much
confusion and misunderstanding, had they been clearly
taught, that Israel is not the Body of Christ, and the
earthly promises to the former are not to be confused
with the heavenly promises to the latter*
At the judgment seat, the Saviour will dispense
the crowns for faithful service.
1 — The Incorruptible Crown ..„I Corinthians 9 :25
2— The Crown of Joy I Thessalonians 2:19
3-^The Crown of Life ~ James 1 :12. Rev. 2 :10
4 — The Crown of Glory ., I Peter 5 :4
5 — The Crown of Righteousness II Timothy 4 :8
"Thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of
the just." Luke 14:14. The Lord will come for His
Church. This we call "the rapture." Then later He will
come to earth. This is really the Second Coining of
Christ. Israel shall be saved. Romans 11 :25.
It is rather difficult to state all the details of the
Lord's Coming for His Body and His coming to Israel,
but both facts are declared in God's Book.
THE VERY HEART OF CHRISTIANITY
The Christian's calling was given him in Christ
Jesus before the world began.
"But is now made manifest by the appearing of
our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and
hath brought life and incorruptibility to light through
the gospel. ' 7 II Timothy 1 :9 and 10.
In the death, resurrection, and coming again of our
Lord Jesus ? we have this gospel which brings to the
believer, life and incorruptibility,
Christ was made after the power of a deathless life.
Hebrews 7:16. He could truthfully say, therefore, 'I
have power to lay my life down and power to take it up. :
John 10:17 to 19. Through death He destroyed him that
had the power of death, that is, the devil. Hebrews 2 :14.
By His resurrection from the dead we have the hope of
incorruptibility. I Peter 1 :3 and 4. This incorruptibility,
which He hath brought to light in this gospel, will be
realized by believers at the coming of Christ.
"When Cjhrist, who is our life, shall appear then
shall ye also appear with Him in glory." Colossians 3 :4.
Our life is a Person; so also is our resurrection.
John 11 :25.
He is our peace, our hope, our holiness, our right-
eousness, our redemption.
The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath
made us free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8 :2.
This law of life nullifies the law of death in Adam.
When we sit with the saints at the Lord's table and
break bread, we should always remember, "As often as
ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the
Lord's death till Pie come/' I Corinthians 11:26.
The Lord's command to the Christian is, Ci Occupy
till I come/' Luke 19:13.
Watch ye therefore : for ye know not when the
master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or
at the cockcrowing, or in the morning : Lest coming sud-
denly He find you sleeping, And what I say unto you I
say unto all, Watch.' 7 Mark 13:35 to 37.
Watching and waiting for the Lord's return should
be the attitude of every believer.
Two young women were in the station waiting room,
each awaiting the arrival of a train which would bring
home a lover.
The first woman was sitting calmly in the waiting
room reading, lost in the story of her book, until sud-
denly aroused by the announcement of her train and
walked leisurely to the exit-gate and met her lover. To
be sure she was glad to see him. But the other young
woman walked up and down the platform, several times
her eyes were fixed on the board which indicated the
time of arrival of trains ; now and then she would shift
her gaze down the track. As she saw the train approach-
ing she rushed to the gate and was already to greet the
one whom she loved/ The first woman was waiting; the
second one was watching and waiting.
The Christian who is truly watching and waiting
will also be working till He comes. "Occupy till I come/'
"Even so! come Lord Jesus/ ?
The Antichrist is coming. The Great Tribulation is
Before the reign of Antichrist and the Great
Tribulation, the Lord Jesus Christ shall call His own to
SOME BIBLE FACTS AND DATES
(King James Translation)
(1) The Flood was on the earth, about 1656 A. H.
(year of man), or about 5344 Before Christ.
(2) Noah built the ark, according to God's pattern,
and was saved with his family (8 souls — I Peter 3:20).
Noah was the eighth person. II Peter 2:5. Enoch was
the seventh from Adam and prophesied concerning the
coming of the Lord in judgment. Jude 14.
(3) Enoch was Noah's great-grandfather. Genesis
5:23 to 29. Enoch escaped death. He left the earth with-
out dying, at the age of 365. His son, Methuselah, died
at the age of 969, the oldest man ever on this earth. He
died the year of the flood. Adam died at the age of 930.
Genesis 5:5. Noah died at the age of 950. Genesis 9:29.
Seth died at the age of 912. Genesis 5:8. Jared died at
the age of 962. Genesis 5:20.
Note the following: (A. H. — the year of man)
Genesis 5 to 11 Born Died Born Died
Adam 930 Lamech 874 1651
Seth 130 1042 Noah 1056 2006
Enos 235 1140 Shem 1558 2158
Cainan 325 1235 Eber 1723 2187
Mahaleel 395 1290 Peleg 1757 1996
Jared 460 1422 Terah 1878 2083
Enoch 622 967 Abram 2008 2183
Methuselah 687 1656
(4) Noah was 600 years old when the flood was on
the earth. Genesis 7:6. And Noah lived 350 years after
the flood. Genesis 9:29.
(5) Noah's father, Lamech, was 38 years old when
Adam's son, Seth, died in the year 912 A. H. (year of
man). Genesis 5,
(6) Noah's son, Shem, (from whom Abraham,
Isaac, Jacob, David, and Mary, the mother of the Lord
Jesus, descended) was 98 years old when the flood was
on the earth. Shem died 502 years after the flood. Gene-
sis 11:10 and 11. Shem died in the year of man 2158, or
about 1842 B. C.
(7) Abram was 75 years old in 2083 A. H. Genesis
12:4 (about 1917 B. C). Abraham died when 175 years
old (Genesis 25:7): therefore, about 1817 B. C. Note
then, that although Abraham was the ninth generation
from Shem (Genesis 11:10 to 29) Shem lived until Abra-
ham was 150 years old. For many years they could
have talked about the events before and during" the
flood; for Shem lived 98 years before the flood.
(8) The Bible speaks of two men in Corinthians
15:45 and 47: "The first man Adam was made a living
soul; the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit."
"The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man
is the Lord from heaven." Concerning these two men,
we also read in I Corinthians 15:21 and 22: "For since
by man came death, by man came also the resurrection
of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall
all be made alive." And Romans 5:12 and 5:19: "Where-
fore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all
have sinned." "For as by one man's disobedience many
were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many
be made righteous."
(9) Romans 5:13 and 14: "For until the law sin
was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is
no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over them that had not sinned after the similitude
of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of Him that
was to come."
Remark: "From Adam to Moses," is a period of
time designated in the Bible. Abraham was 75 years old
when God covenanted with him. Genesis 12:4. That was
in the year 1917 B. C. It was 430 years later when God
gave the law to Moses. Galatians 3:17. Therefore the
law (the Ten Commandments) was given at Sinai about
1490 B. C, Moses was at the time 80 years old. Exodus
7:7. Moses was 40 years under the law,
(10) Note, "from Adam to Moses/' "When there
was no law." Romans 5:13. Now note, Galatians 3:19:
"Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added be-
cause of transgressions, till the Seed should come to
whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by
angels in the hand of a mediator/" Romans 5:20: "More-
over the law entered, that the offence might abound,
But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound/'
About 1490 B* 0. the law was added to the promise God
made Abram 430 years before.
(11) In Jeremiah 31:32 to 34 we are told when God
made the "Law" covenant with the house of Israel
(about 1490 B. C). God tells us in Hebrews 8:9 to 13
when He made it old.
So we are taught that the Old Covenant did not
exist from Adam until Moses was 80 years of age.
Therefore Abel, Seth, Enoch, Noah, Shem, Abraham,
Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's twelve sons were not under
the Old Covenant : for they all died before 1490 B. C.
(12) Seventy souk out of the loins of Jacob went
down to Egypt about 33 years after Jacob's name, was
changed by God to Israel. Read the story in Genesis
35:9 to 14. So the birth of the Nation Israel was about
1700 B. C. Seventy Israelites went down to Egypt. More
than 200 years later about 2,000,000 came out of Egypt.
(13) Thus we see that the Book of Genesis does not
refer to the Old Covenant, but with God's dealings with
men from Adam to Joseph, before the Old Covenant was
made at Sinai about 1490 B. C. From Adam to the
Nation Israel was about 2,300 years. There was no such
nation until about 1700 B, C. Prom Adam to the Old
Covenant was about 2,500 years. Do not think that we
begin to study the Old Covenant when we open the Bible
(14) Israel had twelve sons. From them came the
"Twelve Tribes of Israel.' They are yet to be judged
by the "Twelve Apostles." Matthew 19:28. Ten of the
"Twelve Tribes" revolted under Jereboam, about 970
B. 0. They were led into captivity by tha Assyrians
about 735 B. 0. The two tribes (Judah and Benjamin)
remained in Jerusalem until about 600 B. 0, when they
were taken to Babylon. II Kings 25 ; Jeremiah 52. Then
began the Times of the Gentiles.
(15) Where is the Nation Israel today? Read Deu-
teronomy 28:15 to 67 and you will see God's awful
judgment pronounced upon Israel. The history of Israel
from that day (1450 B. C.) up to the present time will
show how literally it has been fulfilled. See what Christ
said to Israel nearly 1,500 years after the judgment of
Deuteronomy: "And they shall fall by the edge of the
sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations:
and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles,
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. " Luke 21 :24.
"Behold your house is left unto you desolate. For I say
unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall
say, Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord."
Matthew 23:38 and 39. "God hath not cast away His
people whom He foreknew." Romans 11:1 and 2.
(16) "Who are Israelites to whom pertaineth the
adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the
giving of the law, and the service of God, and the prom-
ises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning
the flesh of Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for
ever." Romans 9:4 and 5. "Ye worship ye know not
what ; we know what we worship ; for salvation is of the
Jews." John 4:22.
(17) Christ was born "King of the Jews." Matthew
2 :2. He was saluted, "King of Israel." John 1 :49. He Died
King of the Jews. John 19:19. He was made under the
law. Galatians 4:4. He was not sont (at first) but unto
the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 15 :24. He
was a minister of the circumcision. Romans 15:8.
(18) When they heard these things, they held their
peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to
the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. Acts 11 :18.
(19) And when they were come, and had gathered
the church together, they rehearsed all that God had
done with them, and how he had opened the door of
faith unto the Gentiles. Acts 14: 27.
(20) For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I
am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office.
Romans 11:13. Whereunto I am appointed a preacher,
and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. II Timothy
1:11. That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to
the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the
offering up of the Gentiles might he acceptable, being
sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:16. Where-
unto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak
the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gen-
tiles in faith and verity. I Timothy 2:7. To whom God
would make known what is the riches of the glory of
this mystery among the Gentiles ; which is Christ in you,
the hope of glory : Colossians 1 :27.
(21) For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus
Christ for you Gentiles. If ye have heard of the dispen-
sation of the grace of God which is given me to you-
ward: Ephesians 3:1 and 2. Unto me, who am less than
the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should
preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of
Christ ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship
of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world
hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus
Christ. Ephesians 3:8 and 9.